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All you really need to know about Direct CAD you learned in kindergarten.

All you really need to know about Direct CAD you learned in kindergarten.

I’m going to borrow a few ideas from Robert Fulghum’s book.  That’s because I think these words of wisdom apply not only to how you live your life, but are quite appropriate for the users of Direct CAD software. kindergarten crayons resized 600

  1. Share everything.  Direct CAD users aren’t stingy, and they expect others to share with them.   That’s why Direct CAD uses a bevy of file translators to import, and export, design geometry and manufacturing data.  Direct CAD programs aren’t out to collect the most users, get them locked in to a single system/format and then never let them go.  Nope.  They want to stay open and let everyone share whatever it is they got.

  2. Play fair.  CAD isn’t an exclusive club that only lets card-carrying members join the fun.  Or, at least it shouldn’t be.  Don’t exclude someone just because they aren’t using the same software as you.  That’s just not nice.  Direct CAD users always play fair.

  3. Don't hit people.   As in hit them up and make them over-pay for software.  CAD doesn’t have to break the bank.  And Direct CAD doesn’t, especially when you look at companies who maintain several CAD packages at once just so they can play fair, too.

  4. Put things back where you found them.  Someone hands you a file to work with.  What do you do?  Translate it? Hack it up?  Defeature? Hide entities?  Doesn’t matter what you do with them, just as long as you put them back where the original owner wanted them.  Not sure if you did that?  Use Direct CAD with integrated CAD Comparison just to make sure what you started with is what you ended up with.  You don’t want to make any unintentional changes that could have huge consequences, do you?  

  5. Clean up your own mess.  Did you make a mistake in your design?  Or royally mess it up? Direct CAD users know you can always clean up your own mess (without ever having to start over from scratch).

  6. Don't take things that aren't yours.  Or do and then make them your own.  Direct CAD users know they can start from nearly any CAD file, native or otherwise, your own or someone else’s, and make changes to it, regardless of who or what created it.

  7. Wash your hands before you eat and remember to flush.  For all sorts of reasons, okay?

  8. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some, draw some and paint some, sing and dance and play and work every day some.  Don’t spend all your time working on a CAD model when you could have gotten the project done much faster with Direct CAD.

  9. Take a nap every afternoon.  Just don’t tell the boss. 

  10. Believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.   With Direct CAD, you’ll be able to transfer your idea onto the screen and into a product design quicker.  And as you go, you’ll be able to improve on your design.  Think of it like sculpting, only without the clay, mess or Patrick Swayze sitting behind you making you mess up. 

  11. It doesn’t matter what you say you believe - it only matters what you do.  A lot of CAD companies say they are about increasing productivity and helping engineers.  But only Direct CAD does both by allowing engineers and designers to design and work the way they want to without needless worry.

What did you learn in kindergarten that applies to Direct CAD?