Mike Thomas

45 Flips | 1 Magazine | @mikethomas | Currently the Technical Services Manager for a Mining Equipment Manufacturer Mike is responsible for overseeing the engineering departments technical operations and the strategic technical growth of the department. Previously Mike spent 12+ years as an Application Specialist with an Autodesk reseller (IMAGINiT Technologies) where he helped numerous companies learn, implement, and support many Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Inventor, and Autodesk Vault. Mike is also an active contributor to Design & Motion

DIY CNC machining from scratch | Mechanical Conversion

While 3D printing is all the rage at the moment with hobbyist tinkerers and the maker community, many components can still be manufactured more …

Autodesk discusses the Morgan Motor Company Ad Contest

Recently we interviewed Sean Young of HP regarding his take on judging the ongoing Morgan Motor Contest, and what we needed to do in order to win the …

Autodesk Vault 2014 - Command Line Workspace Sync Works!

Autodesk just recently released updates for Vault 2014 and Vault 2014 with the Subscription Release. Pay close attention that Service Pack 2 is for …

FORE! CFD just went mainstream

A couple of weeks ago John & I got to Interview Autodesk Product Marketing Manager, Simulation<i>,</i> Luke Mihelcic. Some of you will have read about …

CADCenter 2014 - Autodesk acquires Solidworks

Christmas, Chinese New Year, Orthodox Christmas Eve, American Thanksgiving & Black Friday are always the biggest days of the year. Today is also a …

My time with 3Dconnexion’s SpaceMouse Wireless

Back in October 2013, 3Dconnexion announced the release of the world’s first wireless 3D mouse, utilising 2.4Ghz technology in combination for the …

How do I deal with style differences in Autodesk Inventor?

Today during my day job, I crafted a blog post showing Inventor users how they create a situation where Autodesk Inventor informs them there is a …

Manufacturing ERP Software | NetSuite

There’s more to your business than manufacturing and NetSuite offers a complete solution that benefits your entire organization.<p>No two businesses are …

Pick-lists from custom objects

We have been involved in a Vault migration project in Italy, and once the import was completed, this question came across: “would it be possible to …

Autodesk Vault Data Standard Extension Review

At the very end of November Autodesk released a second subscription extension for Vault. Autodesk describes it as…<p>“<i>Vault Data Standard is a data</i> …

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Parcel Label Chord Error Fix

I was reliving problems that we had with Parcel Labels in AutoCAD Civil 3D, as far back as 4 years ago. The problem is that all the curve geometry is …

Could Solidworks Teach Inventor a thing or two about modelling augers and feedscrews?

Solidworks has a solid-sweep function that Inventor doesn’t have. But does Inventor actually need it? Read on and decide for yourself.<p>One of the best …

25 Most Essential Insights About Innovation

Innovation is difficult. You are not the only one who thinks it's a challenge. It has been a struggle for me the last 25 years as manager, …

Innovation

Autodesk – DWG Launcher wigged out fix | Design & Motion

7/8/2009<p>This has been a pain in numerous people’s sides for a long time. One day you love it and the next day you hate it.<p>The DWG Launcher<p>This gizmo …

Max Morgan! A Minimalist Guide to rendering in 3ds Max

What better motivation to learn a bit about Autodesk 3ds Max than a spectacular Morgan 3 Wheeler, a competition with cool prizes, and a 15 minute …

Why My PLM Won't Work For You?

To implement PLM is a process and change. Speak to anyone in engineering and manufacturing community and they will bring you lots of stories about …

DWF is not dead. Long live DWF!

Autodesk VP/IPG CTO, <b>Brian Mathews</b>, was on our team when he invented the DWF format. Our first foray into sharing design data via the internet was a</b> …

It's All Just Ones and Zeros

Let’s say you have a service that synchronizes data to PLM 360 in the background. It’s a headless system, so there is no UI. The problem is that PLM …

Quickies: DS announces Q4 results, Autodesk/Delcam closes

It’s a busy news day in PLMland, so the details will have to come later — but here’s what we know now.<p><b>Dassault Systèmes</b> reports that Q4 revenue was …

Removing AutoCAD Civil 3D End Station Label - So Simple

If you’ve been fighting the beginning or end station labels on Autodesk Civil 3D Alignments, here’s the fix. Sadly, the answer has been around for a …

Autodesk Completes Purchase of UK's Delcam

Autodesk announced today that it has completed the purchase of Delcam, the UK based Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technology developer hosting …

When a version is just a version, and a revision is more

Back in my Autodesk Reseller days I wrote a whitepaper explaining the differences between a version and a revision. I did this because Autodesk had …

"Replace some" components in Autodesk Inventor 2014

“Replace some” components in Autodesk Inventor 2014<p>There seems to be a fairly common frustration amongst Inventor users when it comes to replacing …

U.S. Pushes Ahead on “Talking Cars” Equipped with Crash-Avoidance Systems

New cars could be required to come equipped with technology that allows them to communicate with each other. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday the Obama administration plans to push forward a proposal in early 2017 that requires new vehicles to come standard with crash-avoidance …

Can CAD-in-the-Cloud Handle the Entire Product Lifecycle?

The gauntlet has been thrown. Can the entire product lifecycle live on the cloud? Several companies have ported their offerings to the cloud, but …

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Under the Hood

Want to learn more about the PLM 360 REST API? You’re in luck! Doug Redmond’s AU 2013 class, DV1518: Programming Autodesk PLM 360 Using REST is …

How To Win Without Differentiation

All companies are trying to differentiate their products and services from those of the competition. They believe that strong differentiation is a …

A Glance at Autodesk Sim 360 Decision Center

I am happy to see Autodesk Sim 360’s capabilities are being expanded continuously. The Decision Center is just another one of the great and easy to …

Why CAD Standards Are Important for Your Business