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Thanks for stopping by. These articles are based on my 53 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.
 


View Points on the Industrial/Mechanical Engineering Industry

Why TECH-NET Sells IronCAD and ZW3D


 

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 Phase One

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!

3D CAD Design, Drafting and Prototyping Services


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!

31 Years of 3D MCAD 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 Current 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

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

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

* Solidworks: Engineering 4.0?

* Solidworks Totally
Misunderstands MBD

High Speed Sketching in Creo? What?

* Engineering Technologist?
Engineering Technician?

 * PMI vs AID

Engineering and Manufacturing

Engineering Ignorance Defined

You are Not Stuck with CAD Subscriptions!

Solidworks on the Cloud?

CAD Training 2

ZW3D Pricing

The Very best 3D CAD Rental Offer!

Engineering Documentation
A Primer for the PLM Guru!

Feature based vs Sketching only

Mechanical 3D Modeling Defined

ZW3D Purchase Options!

A Brief History of Surfacing
TECH-NET ZW3D Special
For Rhino Users

ZW3D Special for Rhino users!

Spider/Electric SUV

The Purpose of Product Design

Engineering 101

Want to Learn 3D CAD from Scratch?

Parametric Modeling Finally Defined

Standard Cloud Based
Engineering Document Control

Standard Cloud Based
Engineering Document Control Part II

The Two CAD Programs that
 Set the Path to 3D MCAD Chaos!

The Millennial 3D MCAD Engineer

Learning IronCAD in ONE Minute!

So, what "HAS" gone wrong
with Engineering? Part III
We haven't made a Drawing

Since 3D CAD was Introduced!

Engineering Ignorance Defined II
Top 5 Reasons to Use MBD
DEBUNKED!

Engineering Ignorance Defined III
How to Define a 3D PMI Assembly
You have got to be Kidding

Engineering Ignorance Defined IV
Defining the “2D Drawing” 
Redundant? Of course!

Engineering Ignorance Defined V
Altering the Model for PMI Documentation

Engineering Yesterday & Today
Engineer's Job Description
The Search for the Purple Squirrel

All You Wanted to Know About
Drawing to 3D Conversions

Why MBE/MBD/PMI Will FAIL

Why MBE/MBD/PMI Will FAIL Part II

IronCAD 2018 Fall Specials

ZW3D Fall Special!

Digital Twin Defined - Update

Onshape
A Solidworks Competitor?

GrabCAD
Production Body Challenge

The Death of PMI?

FREE IronCAD Student License Available Now

A Short Primer and
History of Dimensioning

Digital Transformation - 70% Failure!
$900 Billion Wasted!

Dassault’s Digital Transformation!
Bye, Bye Solidworks?

ZW3D 2019 SP is Here!

PLM/MBE/PMI Absurdity!!

Zero File or File-Less CAD systems!
Debunked!!

Evolution of Design

You are Not Stuck with
 Autodesk or PTC Subscriptions!

Viable Options to Replace
Subscription Only CAD software

CORE/CAVITY SPLIT IN 5 MINUTES II

My First 17 Years

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IronCAD Corporate Articles

Successfully Navigating the
World of Custom Yacht Design
with IronCAD

 Effectively Reducing Machine Design and Delivery of Custom Compost Turner Farming Equipment

A Flexible and Powerful CAD Solution
for the Rail Industry

IronCAD Empowering Sales Teams with a Modular Design System

CAD Design to Production
In Interior Design Shop Fitting
 

Fundamentally Better Way to Design in 3D for Equipment Manufacturers

3 Things to Consider Before
Choosing a CAD System

What Is Configuration-Based Design?

IronCAD vs.Traditional CAD Software

 

 


ZW3D Corporate Articles

Mark Vorwaller: Next Move,
Democratize All-in-One CAE

Expert Review of ZW3D 2019
Part One - CAD Module
 

Expert Review of ZW3D 2019
Part Two - CAM Module

ZW3D 2018 CAM Features Review

 


3D Modeling Techniques Defined

3D CAD Modeling Techniques
Feature Based vs Sketching only

3D CAD Modeling Techniques
A Simple Case for Hybrid Modeling

Effective 3D CAD Modeling Techniques

Phil’s Corner

Phil's ZW3D Corner
Exercise One

ZW3D vs ZW3D Lesson 1
3D Modeling Techniques Defined

IronCAD Lesson 1
3D Modeling Techniques Defined
Drag and Drop Design

Test one

Ironcad USA Webinars/Training

IronCAD Webinar Videos!

Happy New Year!

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Training

TECH-NET IronCAD Training

IronCAD Video Basics!

Direct Edit
Spend 6 MINUTES to Learn

Use Direct Edit to Quickly Modify a Pedestal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering Projects

Give us a call if you have a need Engineering Services

Some of Our Current Work



 

 

 

Prototek Project Reviewed!!

 

 

 


Firecreek Accessories
Windbenders for HD Electra Glide

More Reverse Engineering Success

 

 

 

 

THE PROTOTEK LINEFINDER

 

 

 

 

PROTOTEK REDESIGN

 

 

THE SEATTLE MONORAIL
A Study in Murphy's Law
and Reverse Engineering!

 

 

 

ED SWEO ELECTRIC MOTOR ROTOR

 

 

 

 

REVERSE ENGINEERING SUCCESS!
1959 Corvette Bumper

 

 

 

 

Jefferson's Airplane

 

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