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Thanks for stopping by. These articles are based on my 50 years of experience in engineering. The first 17 years were on the drafting board as a design draftsman mostly as a contract engineer. I was introduced to 3D Computervision CADDS 4 in 1982 while on contract with William International, I have over 33 years in 3D CAD. I was introduced to PC based 3D CADKEY in 1985 while on contract with Boeing. I have always designed in 3D and have never done a scratch drawing in CAD.

After talking Boeing 747 Flight Deck into expanding the seats of CADKEY, I saw the writing on the wall. Realizing that 3D PC based CAD would be huge I founded TECH-NET in 1987 becoming a CADKEY VAR.

I supported the great NW which included many Boeing suppliers. Boeing was using Catia 3 and could not only deliver a flat file (drawing), but now a 3D wireframe model to use as a pattern. But the suppliers could not afford the expensive workstation based Catia system. So I started supplying them with professional 3D CADKEY that ran on a PC and was completely compatible with Boeing's Catia 3 system.


We have been instrumental in molding the 3D industrial and mechanical CAD industry in the NW and West Coast for the past 28 years. I hope you enjoy these articles.
 


Leverage Your 3D Engineering Data Series!

Leverage Your Engineering Data throughout your Organization!

Sales, Publication and Marketing!

Checking, Design Review, Manufacturing and Data Extraction!

Simplifying Your Design Process!


The Worst to Best 3D CAD System and Why

 

So What "HAS" Gone Wrong with Engineering?


 


50 Years of Engineering

My First 17 Years or "How did we do it without 3D CAD!"

The 1980's - 3D CAD - The Beginning

The 1990's - 3D CAD/CAM Moves to the PC!!

The 2000's - The Age of 3D CAD Un-Enlightenment!

3D CAD TODAY!

 

Enjoy our new articles!


All You Wanted to Know about the Annual CAD Maintenance Contract


Want to Learn 3D CAD from Scratch? 


The Secret of Part Numbers


Is 3D CAD Productivity an Oxymoron?


The Purpose of Product Design


Core/Cavity Split in 5 Minutes!!

Reusing 3D CAD Models for a New Product

Reverse Engineering 2015
AK-47
Project


All you want to know about 3D CAD training!
(But were afraid to ask!)

Why MBE/MBD/PMI Will FAIL

Educating the New 3D CAD Engineer


Onshape! A View from the Clouds

The Death of the Draftsman or
 “Where has all the talent gone?”


The Ultimate 3D CAD System

The Death of the Drawing

The Most Incredible Presentation of Hybrid CAD Modeling, Ever!!


When the job has to get done!


Industry
Out of the Box

To Draw or Not to Draw??

Redefining 2D/3D

Compare and Validation Programs?
Band-Aids for Self Inflicted Wounds!

The Data Management Mess

PLM & PDM Defined

The Death of PLM


3D CAD Solutions

Interoperability

Next Generation 3D CAD
Technology Applied!

Next Generation 3D CAD!!
The Win-Win Solution!!

Standardization!!!
 The Future of 3D CAD!!

Universal 3D CAD Compatibility is not Here!!

28 Years of 3D CAD Incompatibility
The New Generation of 3D CAD!!

3D CAD Translator
with an
EDIT BUTTON!

INOVATE TRANS
The only 3D CAD Translator

with an Edit Button

Direct Editing Relief
For Solidworks and Catia 5

Solidworks Users are "NOT" Stupid? 

Welcome aboard Solidworks: Updated!

Welcome aboard Solidworks Rewritten!

3D CAD Systems Working Together

Beyond Direct Edit:
 Surface and Hybrid Modeling

Other Subjects

3D CAD Single Model Design Environment

The Embedded Title Block!
A PLM Solution!

3D CAD for the Industrial
 and Product Designer

Talking to Catia!!
and other
Popular 3D CAD Packages

IRONCAD/INOVATE = Catia 4.5
The Catia incompatibility Solution

ALL ABOUT TELECOMMUTING WITH 3D CAD

THE COMPANY WIDE ENTERPRISE GRAPHIC SOLUTION!!



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Redback Spyder
An Australian Supercar
 

SShowing differences in Import
Using Dual Kernel and Repair options.

Boeing 777 done in IronCAD

ZW3D: How to Design Coils 

 White Paper:
Flexible Product Design

ZW3D 2016 is Released

IronCAD Webinars

Are You Stuck in a
3D CAD Wagon World?

Download Request

ZW3D Current Specials

IronCAD Currrent Specials

Free PMI Importer?

How to Design
Smooth Connected Surface

Corrupt 3D CAD Parts

Why TECH-NET Sells
IronCAD and ZW3D

Engineering Documentation Today!

The Space Between
Engineering and Manufacturing

Why MBE/MBD/PMI Will FAIL

PL or BOM?

The Assembly Defined

Why TECH-NET Sells
IronCAD and ZW3D

3D CAD
Influence on Engineering

3D CAD
3D CAD Productivity

Part Design Defined

Solidworks Specials? Gulp!!

3D CAD
Technology Applied

Should the New 3D CAD Engineer Learn Drafting?

Can the 3D Model Be Used as the Design Authority?

A Guide to CAD Translation Formats

ZW3D 2017 is now available for download

So what "HAS" gone wrong with Engineering? Part II

Hybrid Modeling Defined Video

3D CAD and the 757

You are Not Stuck with Autodesk

Onshape! The Party is over!

PTC Creo Totally
Misunderstands MBD

OnShape:
The Ultimate Document
 Control System
CADKEY or Catia?
Boeing’s Billion-Dollar 3D CAD Mistake!
The Integrated Drawing in 3D CAD

The ADCN vs MBE

Quoting Tools: CAD Dimensioning
Another Band-Aid for MBE!

The Secret of Part Numbers

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson One

ZW3D vs Fusion 360 Lesson One

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 2

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 3

ZW3D vs Fusion 360 Lesson 2

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360
Lesson 3 Assembly

ZW3D vs Fusion 360
Lesson 3 Assembly

Engineering Technologist?
Engineering Technician?

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360
Lesson 4 Assembly

ZW3D vs Fusion 360
Lesson 4 Assembly

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 5

ZW3D vs Fusion 360 Lesson 5

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 6

ZW3D vs Fusion 360 Lesson 6

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 7

3D CAD Modeling Techniques

ZW3D vs Fusion 360 Lesson 7

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 8

ZW3D vs Fusion 360 Lesson 8

3D CAD Modeling Techniques

ZW3D vs Fusion 360

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360

3D Modeling Techniques
IronCAD Lesson One
 

3D Modeling Techniques
IronCAD Lesson Two
 

3D Modeling Techniques
IronCAD Lesson Three
 

3D Modeling Techniques
IronCAD Lesson Four
 

3D Modeling Techniques
IronCAD Lesson Five

3D Modeling Techniques
IronCAD Lesson Six

3D Modeling Techniques
 ZW3D Lesson One

3D Modeling Techniques
 ZW3D Lesson Two

3D Modeling Techniques
 ZW3D Lesson Three

3D Modeling Techniques
 ZW3D Lesson Four

3D Modeling Techniques
 ZW3D Lesson Five

IRONCAD vs Fusion 360 Lesson 9

ZW3D vs Fusion 360 Lesson 9

3D Modeling Techniques Defined

Effective 3D CAD Modeling Techniques

IRONCAD vs Solidworks Lesson One

ZW3D vs Solidworks Lesson 2

Solidworks: Engineering 4.0?

Solidworks: MBD
Model Based Definition

 

 

 

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