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Innovative Design for Manufacturing: Cutting Edge Techniques for Better Performing Products

Are you worried that one of the following challenges could destroy your company’s bottom line over the next five to ten years?  Global competition is hotting up: Access to the internet and the removal of trade barriers have made it easier for offshore competitors to produce better products, enter your market, and steal your clients. […]
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Uncovering the Surprising Insights from Autodesk’s New Usage Data: Why CAD Admins Are Loving KETIV’s Reporting Tool 

First, the facts: Autodesk has recently expanded software usage reporting for standard licenses that were previously only available with Premium Plan. This means contract managers/software admins now have visibility into what licenses are being used, how often, what version, etc. in their Autodesk Portal: manage.autodesk.com Second, I’m shocked. A diligent search for this news revealed […]
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Sustainable Product Development: Leveraging Simulation Software for a Greener Future

What is Sustainability?  The word “sustainability” can bring to mind many different aspects for the majority of people. You may consider wind farms, recycling, electric vehicles, or planting trees — but it is truly all that and more. Sustainability encompasses everything necessary to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to […]
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A Quick Guide to Design Automation and CAD Customization

CAD (the use of software to aid in the product design processes for visual product configuration) is resource-intensive across multiple dimensions. It’s slow, laborious, and requires more engineering expertise than many manufacturers can afford to allocate. Talk to any engineer, and they’ll tell you the same. Yes, CAD is a major improvement over drawing with […]
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How Product Configuration Rules and Logic Maintain Manufacturing Accuracy

Product configurators rely on product rules–a collection of definitions that determine a product’s limitations and interactions–to ensure every product is accurate and well-optimized. Without product configuration rules, users would make mistakes or configure outlandish products that could never be manufactured for a profit. When users start configuring products, there might be millions of potential configuration […]
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What Does a Product Configurator Mean to Your Industry?

Every company that manufactures complex products and struggles with transferring data from customers to the factory floor can benefit enormously from having a robust product configurator. But which benefits have the most significant impact on your business varies greatly by industry. Companies that make heavy vehicles will demand different things from their configurators than manufacturers […]
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6 Ways to Propel Your Business Using Digital Manufacturing Technologies

From sales to the shop floor, design to supply chain, and support to simulation, emerging digital manufacturing technologies provide solutions to age-old manufacturing problems.  With the right cocktail of software, systems, and materials, you, too, can increase productivity, efficiency, and safety while significantly reducing costs. You can take on the competition and win a resounding […]
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Real World Learning for Autodesk Inventor with Pinnacle Series

The teams at KETIV are excited about this one! This new tool can help accelerate your skill building within Inventor and your other Autodesk applications. The new Pinnacle Series plug-in for Autodesk Inventor is contextual learning at its finest – learning in real life situations during your daily activities. Check out this quick overview of […]
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Simulation for Stress Analysis: What You Need to Know

Stress analysis-an engineering discipline based on solid mechanics-is a crucial element of mechanical engineering. Why? Because an engineering component can fail due to stress, often with dire consequences. Whether the object of study is a table leg, a cell phone in a drop test, a human spine, or an integrated circuit, the method of inquiry-stress […]
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3 Tacton CPQ Solutions for Building Materials Manufacturers

Demand for more and more custom options is making life harder and harder for building materials manufacturers. More parts, more constraints, more custom engineering, and one-off pricing mean selling building materials has never been more complicated. Fortunately, however, this cloud of complexity has a silver lining. Buyers’ expectations might be sky-high. But they’re prepared to […]
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How Do CPQ Integrations Enhance the Customer Experience?

CPQ integration provides a smooth, seamless customer experience. Buyers can self-serve, customizing products at will and receiving accurate quotes instantly.  Thanks to CPQ, buyers don’t have to speak to a sales rep or wait for anyone to get back to them. And thanks to advanced product configurators built on top of sound engineering rules, they […]
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8 Transformative Benefits of AI in Manufacturing

AI was introduced in manufacturing in the late 1970s. But nothing much changed until 1997. In 1997, a computer powered by AI called Deep Blue beat chess champion, Garry Kasparov. After that, manufacturers realized the key to efficiency, productivity, and profitability lay not in humans but in machines. Since then, AI in manufacturing has evolved […]
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7 Critical Steps on the Digital Transformation Roadmap

It’s time to revitalize American manufacturing now.  There’s so much at stake here. In March 2022, the manufacturing sector employed 12,657,000 people with an average income of $92,832. Taken alone, manufacturing in the US would be the eighth-largest economy globally.  A failing manufacturing sector would hit the US economy hard. The ripple effects would impact […]
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4 Key Benefits of Cloud Storage and Data Management for Building Products Manufacturers

It’s no surprise the global cloud computing market is booming (from $219 billion in 2020 to $791 billion in 2028.) The kinks and security issues associated with cloud data management have been ironed out, and companies of all types are reaping the benefits. For building product manufacturers, the benefits of cloud computing services include enhanced […]
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Why Online Product Configurators Are a Manufacturing Must-Have

How similar are the B2B and B2C sales experiences? Travel back in time, and you’ll probably see a B2B experience that was formal and dry, while the B2C journey tended to be a little more fun and customer-centric. At least, that’s the formula every industry followed back then… But things have changed. Today B2B interactions […]
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