What is a STEP File? Let me Explain…


I've Had Many Clients ask me "What is a STEP File"? So I thought I would explain... Let's begin with an analogy. You're probably familiar with Microsoft Word documents and with PDF files. Often times, you create a document using Word, then save (or print) it to PDF before sharing. PDF is more universal and not easily edited. It's basically a snap shot of that Microsoft Word document at the time you saved it. That's effectively what a STEP file is to 3D engineering model data. It's one of several universal formats we use to communicate between CAD systems. I've run into many [...]

What is a STEP File? Let me Explain…2015-12-18T21:25:03-04:00

Zalaco Featured in CAD Collaboration E-Book from Tech-Clarity


Can small engineering and design firms afford CAD collaboration? That was the question Jim Brown addresses a brand new e-book over at Tech-Clarity. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jim on the phone to discuss how modern CAD collaboration tools are dramatically improving the work flow of small service firms like Zalaco, and providing better value to the clients we serve. To read an overview of the e-book, head over to Tech-Clarity. If you'd like to download a copy of the book, you'll need to head over to GrabCAD and fill out a registration form. Can small engineering and [...]

Zalaco Featured in CAD Collaboration E-Book from Tech-Clarity2015-06-03T22:59:13-04:00

Guide to Mechanical Design and Engineering Terminology


If you're background is not one that has you familiar with commonly used terms in mechanical design, mechanical engineering, product development, CAD, or manufacturing, this page might be useful to you. Basically, it's intended to be a laypersons guide to the words and phrases that I'm used to using on a daily basis. This is mean to give you just enough information to be dangerous, or more importantly, have a basic background before you approach someone for help in this area. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments for other words and phrases and I'll do my best to keep [...]

Guide to Mechanical Design and Engineering Terminology2013-09-24T14:38:31-04:00