3D MCAD TODAY!
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
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!
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
I live in Kitsap county, a ferry boat ride
west of Seattle, with 266,000 people and we have 90 active
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 -
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
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.
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
But there is no pandemic in my county or
the complete Olympic peninsula! Is there a pandemic where
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!
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.
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.
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
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
"Engineering 101" that is a bit of a running report
on failed engineering.
Recommendations to the New Boeing
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
Bring Back the Drafting Group
Can Engineering Survive without the Drafting
This is a drafting room. No, it was not
called the engineering room. Drafting was the basis of all engineering.
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