An introduction to product design and development for manufacturing

Many people have ideas, but actually producing something – sketch, prototype, then final product – from those ideas, and having it mass-manufactured, is a hugely complex, time-consuming and expensive process.

If that product is an electronic and semiconductor technology-based hardware-and-software product, which is increasingly in demand these days, then that’s an even higher level of complexity and stress.

This article tries to provide a starting point, or introduction, for those interested in industrial design or product development, and maybe have ideas for products and want to know how to start the process of getting them manufactured.  Continue reading An introduction to product design and development for manufacturing

Dassault Systèmes to acquire simulation software company Exa

 

Industrial design software giant Dassault Systèmes has agreed to acquire Exa Corporation, a provider of simulation software for product engineering.

Exa is based in Burlington, Massachusetts-based, and Dassault Systèmes is headquartered in France, and is now believed to be the one of the largest software companies in Europe by revenue.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes will commence a tender offer within the next 10 business days to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Exa common stock for a price of $24.25 per share payable in cash upon completion of the offer.  Continue reading Dassault Systèmes to acquire simulation software company Exa

Top 10 industrial design software applications by install base

There is apparently some variation in what we have described as “industrial design software”. Some might call the category “computer-aided design and engineering” software applications. 

But almost everyone who knows even a little bit about the software tends to know that they are used in the design of physical objects, as in three-dimensional objects for the real world.

The reason why this distinction is worth making is that these days when you say “engineer”, more often than not, people might think you mean “software engineer”.  Continue reading Top 10 industrial design software applications by install base