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Stop Laughing at 2D CAD - ways to include 2D CAD in 3D creation process: symmetry, using filling techniques, neutral 2D shapes, equivalencing, Khadija Ouajjani, GrabCAD Blog, Aug 24, 2015

Assessing Adoption - how soon customers will truly move on from 2D, adopt 3D capture, imaging systems, Will Tompkinson, SPAR Point Group, Apr 2015

Still Using 2D for Basic Design? Why? Can - benefits of modeling in 3D, key benefits of using MarineDrafting in basic design phase, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Nov 25, 2014

From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise, Pt 2 - evaluating processes, tools; key aspects to consider with regard to tools: creation, management, delivery of annotated models, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 29, 2014

From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise, Pt 1 - 3D datasets make up single source of truth, along with associated artifacts, which completely defines all aspects of design of given product, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 22, 2014

The State of the 2D Mechanical Market - engineers still need to see things in 2D, but non-technical people have difficulty understanding 2D, Norman Roith of ING Network, WorldCAD Access, Oct 9, 2014

3D is the Way to Go But What About 2D? - understanding role of 2D, use of 2D drawings, impact of 2D while creating 3D models, Diyane Koseoglu, BIMES, Dec 4, 2012

Rally the Troops: Getting Your Team Ready for 3D CAD - enlist outside help, take advantage of vendor-provided training, keep it simple, determine support options, add dedicated help desk, upgrade hardware, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), Nov 21, 2011

Building a Case for 2D Design - 10% of those surveyed using only 2D, nearly half using mix of 2D/3D, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), Oct 2011

The Right Tool for the Job: Why Designing in 2D is Still Commonplace - 2D vs 3D debate is over, designers are concerned over efficient use of both 2D, 3D, Justin Cunningham, EUREKA, Sep 16, 2011

The Utility of 3D - Bob Beatty of American Water Engineering shares his experiences of using 3D CAD, challenges involved, benefits, advice to users moving to 3D, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, July 7, 2011

Facilitating the Migration of 2D Drawings to 3D - migration strategies dealing with legacy data, ROI, 2D-3D interoperability, Barb Schmitz, Creo (by PTC), June 17, 2011

The Need for Lightweight Data - evolution of 3D design brings immense opportunities to manufacturing industry, Marcia Volpe, Lattice Technology, Inc. Blog, Apr 1, 2011

3D Modeling Gets a Boost from Kinect - projecting Kinect into 3D space to create 3D holographic image, Leslie Gordon, Machine Design, Mar 15, 2011

The 3D, Free-Space Modeling Future Created by a Single Person   - Kinect, Arduino, PureData apps for 3D modeling using hands, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Mar 15, 2011

IT Standards - Shake it Up! - standards may stifle innovation, industry better served by leaders, examples include Open GL, AutoCAD, Rob Jamieson, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 7, 2011

Tgi3D: Software for Modeling from Photographs - use digital photos to create 3D model, Tgi3D SU AMORPH for advanced modeling, photogrammetry tools by Tgi3D SU PHOTOSCAN, Stefan Boeykens, CAD & 3D, Dec 16, 2010

Watching 3D TV: Are Glasses Required? - stereo picture, anaglyph images, shake stereoscopy, active shutter glasses, Christopher McAndrew, 3D Engr, Nov 1, 2010

3D Is Helping Address the Aging Workforce Challenge - attracting/retaining young workers, modern 3D design applications, Geoff Zeiss, Between the Poles, Oct 8, 2010

Bonzai3d v2 - 3D solid modeling, Rotation tool, selecting target objects, setting center of rotation, locked protractor, moving cursor around plane, Mark Donohoe, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2010

3D Shape Search in CAD and PLM - 3D search using geometry/shape, ShapeSpace part browser, Geolus Component from Siemens PLM, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Oct 4, 2010

The Future in 3D - Bernard Charles, president/CEO of Dassault Systemes, on 3D replacing flat drawings, plotting French company's next moves, John McLaughlin, NYSE Magazine, Aug 2010

DoubleCAD XT Just Might Be a Free 3D File Conversion Beast - 2D/3D program, built on IMSI/Design's TurboCAD platform, using DWG read/write functions, largest set of file compatibility options, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Aug 9, 2010

Grow Your Own City - Suicidator 3D City Generator for Blender http://www.caddigest.com/images/video_icon_tld.gif- lightweight python script enables setting parameters for textures, streets, size; generates cities instantly, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, June 25, 2010

This 3D City iPad Apps Will Absorb Your Soul (Not Really) http://www.caddigest.com/images/video_icon_tld.gif - Newscape technology, developing iPad versions, handle on 3D, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, June 25, 2010

Is It You or Your CAD Software? - individual user decides potential of particular software, Matt Lombard, Dezignstuff SolidWorks Blog, Jan 7, 2010

Transforming a 2D Drawing to 3D CAD Data - benefits of 3D, basics of 2D to 3D conversion methodology, Sunith Babu, CAD Professor, Jun 10, 2009

Reasons for Making the 2D to 3D Transition - 3D modelers also do drafting, make assembly drawings easy, fast volumetric calculations, Mike Hudspeth, Desktop Engineering, May 31, 2009

The 2D to 3D Bottleneck - SpaceClaim and Siemens are trying to ease 2D to 3D modeling process, Deelip Menezes, Apr 22, 2008

2-D Vision for a 3-D World - vision measurement provides precision inspection to manufacturers using CAD model, Gary Hobart, Quality Magazine, Jan 2, 2008

Make the Leap to the Third Dimension - drawbacks of 2D, busting myths of 3D, and knowing benefits of 3D, Luke Davis, Cadalyst, Oct 8, 2007

Safe Landing or Bumpy Ride? - seven golden rules when implementing CAD software in organization, Colin Watson of Imass Design Solutions, MCAD Online, Sep 16, 2007

Structural Engineering Transition to 3D Digital Design is Toughest for Small Firms - small firms face cost-sensitive issues like software/hardware upgrade, training, plus loss of productivity during implementation, Nadine M. Post, ENR.com, May 23, 2007

An Interview with Louis Gary Lamit, Author of the Book "Moving from 2D to 3D CAD for Engineering Design" - Gary talks about his experience as teacher, reasons for delay in 2D to 3D transition, and more, Folini, Novedge Blog, May 25, 2007

Going from 2D-to-3D: Why Make the Change Now - white paper mentioning challenges when moving to 3D, benefits of 3D over 2D, more, Louis Gary Lamit, PTC, May 2007, pdf

From 2D to 3D: an Interview with Gary Louis Lamit - resistance of employees, lack of proper training, and hardware compatibility are some issues when moving to 3D, John Myers, Solid Edge Community, May 17, 2007 (requires free registration)

3D CAD Has Become a "Must Have" - working in 3D results in time reduction and low machining costs plus important factors when moving to 3D, Larry Haftl, American Machinist, April 20, 2007

The Shift to 3D - though 3D is gaining momentum, 2D is still in use to deal with the legacy data, Sara Ferris, Desktop Engineering, March 2007

From Cave Art to 3D - 3D publishing effective in communicating design information, Brian Roberts, The 3D Pub, January 29, 2007

Frederick W. Taylor and 3D Technology - adoption of 3D hampered by not being a WYSIWYG and need for skilled operators, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, January 3, 2007

Why the Transaction from 2D to 3D is Taking Forever - 3D CAD is better option for design and manufacturing, whereas 2D is limited to design only, Franco Folini, Novedge Blog, December 12, 2006

The Transition from 2D Drafting to 3D Modeling Benchmark Report - shifting to 3D modeling completely is time taking and can affect the production, Aberdeen Group, September 2006, pdf

Transitioning from 2D to 3D - switching to 3D modeling gives better presentation of your drawings and outweighs usage of 2D, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, September 1, 2006

From 2D to 3D: Conversion Techniques - using a 2D file, visualize a 3D model without actually creating it, Mohmed Zuber Shaikh of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited, AUGI, March 2006 (may require free registration)

The Smart Revolution - SmartGeometry event held at London discussed the increasing trend of adaptable 3D models in complex design context, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, February 20, 2006

Moving to 3D - hardware requirements and time taken to master 3D prevent organizations from adopting 3D, AUGI, January 2006 (may require free registration)

Making the Move to 3D - some important factors and questions, management should face when switching from 2D to 3D CAD solutions, Gearoid Smyth of PTC, MCAD Online, November 17, 2005

SIGMA Makes the Move from 2D to 3D - Sigma Corp. used CoCreates 3D software 'OneSpace Designer Modeling' to approach 3D design to replace the physical prototyping by virtual prototyping saving time and money, Sigma Corporation, CADdigest.com, September 2005

Holograms Replacing Clay in Car Design Studios - holographic images of a car can be shown full size on a wall or table, John Neff, Autoblog, August 16, 2005

Interactive 3D Visualization Heats Up: Part 1 - a look a 3D visualization tools includes products from Right Hemisphere, UGS, Actify and Lattice 3D, Louise Elliot, Desktop Engineering, April 1, 2005

Power Company Flips the 3-D Switch - a Canadian company that designs power plants made the challenging but ultimately rewarding switch from AutoCAD to CATIA and SmarTeam product lifecycle management tools, Poonam Khanna, Computing Canada, February 11, 2005

The Nozzle from 20 Years Ago - see an AutoCAD drawing from the 1980s updated (in Autodesk Inventor) to a 3D DWF file, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, January 30, 2005

Reaping the Advantages of 3D - a large architectural firm switches from AutoCAD to Revit with great success, Arnie Williams, AEC Tech Trends: 2D to 3D #9, January 27, 2005

Moving to 3D: Tips to Consider During the Transition - advice on making the difficult move from 2D to 3D a bit more manageable, Don LaCourse, 3DCADTips.com, December 20, 2004

Ensure Success in Your Transition to BIM - know what to expect and how to prepare before moving from 2D to Revit, Rick Rundell, Cadalyst, November 23, 2004

2D to 3D and Data Management - perhaps the greatest benefit of moving to 3D is enabling manufacturers to manage their own design process, Start, November 22, 2004 (requires free lengthy registration)

3D Grows; Here is Why - lifelike representations and savings on design time and costs are reasons why value-priced 3D solid modeling software is experiencing rapid growth, Paul Teague, Design News, November 8, 2004

Selecting 3D CAD Software - advice on purchasing the right 3D software for your needs, Don LaCourse, CADdigest.com, October 7, 2004

13 Potential Benefits of 3D CAD - examines the potential profits awaiting companies moving to 3D CAD technology, Victor Bradley and Thomas Riddle, CADdigest.com, September 30, 2004

The Future of CAD: Driving Revolution in 3D - according to John McEleney, CEO of SolidWorks, the future of CAD will be presented not just by 3D CAD but revolutionary input and output devices, such as holographic displays, Machine Design, July 27, 2004

Pioneering Hybrid Approach for 2D to Solid Model Conversions, Saves Automotive Supplier Time and Money - CADCAM-E helped an automotive supplier convert 2D CATIA drawings to Unigraphics solid models using data translation methods that combine automated and manual techniques, Jerry Fireman, CATIA Community, April 13, 2004 (may require free registration

Making the Move to 3D - with the marked productivity gains it offers, 3D should no longer be viewed as a luxury but as a necessity, Ilya Mirman, CADserver, June 12, 2003

Managing 3D Transition - Part IV - more tips in making the transition from 2D to 3D, including planning the 3D phase-in and dealing with file relationships that result from embarking into a multi-user modeling environment, Robert Green, CADENCE CAD Manager's Newsletter #74 (November 7, 2002)

Managing 3D Transition - Part III - more advice on managing the transition from 2D to 3D, Robert Green, CADENCE CAD Manager's Newsletter #73 (October 10, 2002)

Managing 3D Transition - Part II - explores the issues surrounding the move from 2D to 3D, Robert Green, CADENCE CAD Manager's Newsletter #72 (September 26, 2002)

Managing 3D Transition - explores the issues surrounding the move from 2D to 3D, Robert Green, CADENCE CAD Manager's Newsletter #71 (September 17, 2002)

The Legacy of 2D - advice for AutoCAD and Inventor users on what to do with all those 2D files when you convert to 3D design, Jeff Wymer, CADENCE, October 2002

Why 3D CAD is a Designer’s Paradise - Wayne Lundberg, CADdigest.com, June 2002

The 3D Advantage - the Real Success Factors - while MCAD vendors laud the benefits of 3D solid modeling, the user perspective includes real issues, John Marchant, CADserver, Feb 2002

Moving From CAD to Pervasive 3D - an interview with Bernard Charles, President, Dassault Systemes, Global Design News, Feb 1, 2002

The Step to 3D - Managing the Transition to 3D Design Methods - Richard Shepherd, CADserver, Feb 2002

3D AEC Intelligence Quest  - over 70% UK companies are NOT planning to use 3D,  January 2002 issue of CAD SPAGHETTI

The Case for 3D in Architecture - 5 key vendors (Autodesk, Bentley, Graphisoft, Nemetschek and Revit state their cases for 3D, Martyn Day, CADserver, Jan 15, 2002

Developing 3D Models from Photos - a church is photographed, then converted to a digital model using PhotoModeler, Jens Vedel, Architecture Week, Jan 2002

2D or not 2D - 40% of UK companies use a combination 2D and 3D approach, Brian Davis, The Engineer, Aug 23, 2001

Four Arguments For the Elimination of 2D CAD - Randall S. Newton, AECVision, June 2001

2D to 3D - Joe Greco, CADENCE, January 2001

Planning the Transition from 2D to 3D: A 6-Step Guide for Design Engineers - Lee Whitney of MICROCADAM, in Design News, July 2000

Moving from 2D to 3D - Bill McClure, Unigraphics Solutions, in Desktop Engineering, June 2000

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