Product Development Technology Tools

New Product Development Body of Knowledge

The NPD Body of Knowledge is organized into five major categories as shown under the Important Links to the right. Under each major category, there are sub-categories with the links in the left column going to internal site pages and the links in the left column going to external pages. We apologize for external links that have been deleted or changed.

Product Development Technology Tools
Data exchange When Data Transfer Goes Awry
Combating CAD File Translation
Integrated Feature-Based CAD Data Exchange
CAD Data Exchange (Wikipedia)
Perfecting the Science of Interoperability
Feature-Based Interoperability Goes Global
Real MCAD Data Exchange: Part 1
Real MCAD Data Exchange: Part 2
Common Language – XML
Translation Time
Product models / Standard for the exchange of product model data (STEP) STEP Parts and Documents
STEP on a Page
STEP Data Exchange Standard Moves Into Implementation Phase
STEP ISO 10303
Introduction to ISO 10303 – the STEP Standard for Product Data Exchange
STEP – An International Standard for Data Exchange
Product data management (PDM) / Product information management (PIM) / Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) PLM Articles
Product Lifecycle Management Technical Papers
The Changing Face of Product Lifecycle Management
Product Lifecycle Management
Product Lifecycle Management (Wikipedia)
Tying All Company Technologies Through One PLM System
Applying “Lean” Product Lifecycle Management to Design and Engineering
Introduction to Product Lifecycle Management
Standards and Guidelines Affecting PLM
PLM Neutral Customization Framework
Product structure / bills of material Bill of Materials (wikipedia)
How the Bill of Materials Affects Product Development
Put Your BOM to Work
Item Identification Rules
Collaborative product commerce/collaborative product development Software Survey: Collaborative Product Commerce
Leveraging “Collaborative Product Commerce”
What Makes CPD Collaborative?
Groupware & workflow Groupware: Introduction
Groupware: Applications
Introduction to Workflow
Capabilities of the Workflow Management System
Collaborative computing How Web-Enabled Tools Can Help Optimize New Product Initiatives
Online Design
Collaborative Software Tools: the Design Fast Track?
Customer Collaboration Counts
Be More Productive through Project Collaboration (Jan 2005)
System engineering tools System Engineering Tools
Requirements Management Technology Overview
Requirements Management Tools
Specialty Engineering Tools
Computer-aided industrial design (CAID), modeling & rendering Computer-Aided Industrial Design as a Catalyst for Collaboration
Industrial Design And The Shape Of Things To Come
Mechanical computer-aided design (CAD) and solids modeling Computer-Aided Design
Solids Modeling
Map the Technology to the Need: Drafting vs. Wireframe vs. Surfacing vs. Solids
Migrating from 2D to 3D
To be or not to be Parametric? That is the question
Solid Modeling Tips
Understanding Variable-Driven Modeling
Why moving to solids makes sense
Hybrid Modeling—Where Solids Meet Surfaces
Add Value with Methodology
Accelerating Design for Complex Products (May 2005)
The Pros and Cons of CAD
Assembly modeling / electronic mock-up / digital pre-assembly The Potential for Assembly Modeling in Product Development
Assembly Modeling for Product Design and Analysis
3D Collaboration
Visualization Visualization Technologies Overview
Visualization and Viewing Technology
Interactive 3D Visualization Heats Up: Part 1
The Virtual Workspace
Geometric dimensioning & tolerancing Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing: Why?
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
Electronic CAD (ECAD) CAD Group Publications
In Search of the Best Tools for DSP Design
Bridging the Gap Between ECAD and MCAD (May 2005)
Top-down design / Hardware-software co-design Software/Hardware Codesign
Bibliography of Hardware/Software Codesign
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) Pushing the Design Envelope with CAE
CAE Data Management Takes Shape
Simulation and analysis / Virtual Prototyping Analysis Overview
Virtual Prototyping Vs. Physical Prototyping (June 2001)
Digital Engineering: Functional Virtual Prototyping (Aug 2000 & Sept 2000)
Virtual Products – Interactive Product Simulation Software
Validating Design Digitally
Finite element analysis (FEA) Finite Element Analysis Overview
New Ideas in Fatigue Analysis
Elements of Finite Element Analysis
Complex Analyses Need High-End FEA
Simultaneous Design and Analysis without Meshing
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) Computational Fluid Dynamics Overview
CFD Online Resources
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Conputational Fluid Dynmanics Modeling
CFD Online Wiki
Kinematic and Dynamic analysis Kinematic and Dynamic Analysis Overview
Visualizing Systems in Motion
Design optimization A Discussion on Modern Design Optimization Tools
Multi-physics analysis Multiphysics – More than One Force of Nature
Solving for heat, stress, flow, and more
Multiphysics for Exhaust System Analysis
Moving Up to Multiphysics Analysis
Knowledge-based engineering (KBE) What is Knowledge-Based Engineering (Jan 2003)
Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) Computer Aided Software Engineering
Rapid prototyping (RP) Rapid prototyping
Rapid prototyping (SLA)
Growth Trends and Advances in Rapid Prototyping
Good, Better and Best: Selecting the Right Rapid Prototyping Technology (Sept 2005)
Rapid Prototyping Home Page
Rapid Prototyping-Wikipedia
Rapid tooling Rapid Tooling
Accuracy in Rapid Tooling (September 2000)
RT Moves Into a New Realm (March 2001)
Rapid manufacturing / free form fabrication Rapid Production: Key Barriers to Growth (April 2001)
Direct Digital Manufacturing
Rapid Manufacturing’s Role in the Factory of the Future
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) Computer-Aided Manufacturing
Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
CNC Machining — Move your Model to Metal
Feature Recognition—The Missing Link To Automated CAM
CAD to CAM: Where it Started and Where It’s Going
The Future Brightens for MCAD-to-CAM Connectivity
Where Does CAM Stand?
Simply Complex – CAM & Multi-Tasking Machines
Computer-aided process planning (CAPP) Computer-Aided Process Planning
CAPP Papers
The Analysis of Methods for Computer-Aided Process Planning
Integrated Approach in Computer-Aided Process Planning
Computer-Aided Process Planning
Generative System for Manufacturing Process Planning
Product configurators Product Configurators: Key Enablers for Mass Customization
Configurators: A Status Report
Information System Support for Configurable Products
Product Configurator Links and Software
Computer-aided inspection and test (CAIT) Improve Your On-Machine Inspection Accuracy
CMM Programming Saves Time and Money
How 3D Scanning Technology Impacts Product Development
Computer-Aided Inspection Promises Big Savings
Computer Inspection Aids Six Sigma Efforts
Quality Software & Analysis: It’s Not Just CMM Software
Reverse engineering What Is Reverse Engineering?
A Methodology for Reverse Engineering
Reverse Engineering: An Overview of the Options (Sept 2000)
Reverse Engineering: Magic, Mystique, and Myth
Component supplier management (CSM) Component Supplier Management White Paper
NPD project portfolio management system PD-Trak Project Portfolio Management System
Product Development Process Definition Tool
Portfolio Planning and Management System
Project Resource Planning and Management System
Are You Ready to Web-Enable Your NPD Process?
Web-Enabling the Stage-Gate Process
How Web-Enabled Tools Can Help Optimize New Product Initiatives