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This is the last in a series of articles documenting my experience with the introduction of 3D CAD into industrial/mechanical engineering. Please take some time to read them all. From board draftsman, to 3D CAD designer, to 3D CAD program dealer, to 3D CAD teacher, some of this information may surprise you. 

 

55 Years in 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!

The 2010's - The Age of 3D CAD Nothingness



3D CAD starts the year out with very little from the major CAD companies.  A bit of promotion about all of the new Buzz words that have nothing to do with engineering proper.

April 10, 2020

That was a bit of an understatement. The world has been put on hold due to a "Pandemic"

What is a pandemic?

Sadly, this has been hyped up by the MSM so much that they have everyone running around, uh staying home scared.

I live in Kitsap county, a ferry boat ride west of Seattle, with 266,000 people and we have 90 active cases.

On TV they only show you the totals. Do an exercise. Get today's total and subtract the total from 2 weeks ago, those folks are over the virus or dead. Do it for a couple of days and watch the trend. Many of the dead died with the virus not of the virus.

World Population -  7,100,000,000



USA Population 331,000,000


Remember the hot bed in Seattle? Actually King County

King County Population  2,189,000


We were sadly lucky in Seattle, we had 9 deaths attributed to the virus in the beginning of March. We were washing our hands and keeping our distance right away. But west coast people are not touchy feely anyway, so our behavior didn't change. We barely make eye contact at the grocery store.

Many places did not take it seriously like New Orleans, NYC and many other east coast cities. But most of the rest of their states counties are like my county, virtually unaffected.

Now there are hotspot and I do not want to lessen the concern in those areas, but look at your local stats. Do they deserve the amount of fear generated and being locked down?

In my county we have 5 separate areas that split up the 90 cases. Those cases are not growing we are now losing more cases than we are gaining. We have been keeping track for one month today.

Now, you should not stop washing your hands, keeping a distance between strangers, acting like you have the virus and staying home if you are sick. That is actually common sense at anytime.

But there is no pandemic in my county or the complete Olympic peninsula! Is there a pandemic where you are?

We are in for some very tough economic times. They have us locked up for another month. You would think they would open up the restaurants and other stores in these minimally affected areas, make sure the servers and employees are tested, it is their livelihood. Yes, no bars or places where groups of strangers gather for that month. Then take another look.

We do not want the cure to be worse than the disease!

I am afraid this may be the biggest planetary miscalculation in history!

Stay safe.

As for my Boeing. I am beginning to wonder if it is really too big to fail!


I am still selling software and supporting my customers on Skype. I am surprised how many are working virtually.

With this lockdown, it is a good time to learn some new 3D CAD software. I am usually available on Skype from 4 AM to 3 PM weekdays and 4 AM to 10 AM on weekends to answer any questions or to do a presentation.

Got Some Free Time?

Give me a call or send an email.

Joe Brouwer
206-842-0360 or joe@tecnetinc.com



January 1, 2020

We patiently watch as the Boeing 737 fiasco works it way out. As you know I put much of the blame of Boeings engineering problems on Dassault's Catia 5 PLM/MBE environment. I don't think Boeing has the applicable knowledge to return to the proven engineering standards of the past to restore its reputation.

I don't want this article to make Boeing a "Whipping Boy" for the industry, but Boeing seems to lead the way in engineering incompetence driven by PLM. I have another article "Engineering 101" that is a bit of a running report on failed engineering.

Recommendations to the New Boeing CEO

  • Eliminate Dassault’s Catia 5 PLM and MBE

  • Eliminate the CIO Position

  • Put Engineering back in Charge of Engineering

  • Re-implement the Engineering Standard
    and Document Control Processes of the Past

  • Bring Back the Drafting Group

Can Engineering Survive without the Drafting Group?

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This is a drafting room. No, it was not called the engineering room. Drafting was the basis of all engineering.


I will keep you up to date on any new related information as it shows up.

Stay tuned.

 

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