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Straight Talk from George Donagher- Mechanical Engineer at Bord Na Móna

Posted by Richard Strange on 26-Mar-2012 16:53:00

“Comparing Pro/ENGINEER to other 3D CAD Tools? The difference is like night and day.”

Mechanical EngineerGeorge Donagher of Bord Na Móna PLC – the leading Irish producer of peat processing equipment, has more than 10 years of engineering experience. Having worked with other 3D tools such as Autodesk® Mechanical Desktop earlier in his career, he turned to Pro/ENGINEER and has continued using it ever since.

“The difference between Pro/ENGINEER and other 3D CAD products is like night and day,” says Donagher. “The software was really easy to learn – I got familiar with the basic functionality in less than a week. At the same time, every workday continues to be a learning day – and that is exactly where the strength of the product lies. I am surprised again and again with its power and with the amount of detail that is possible when designing with Pro/ENGINEER.”

Why Pro/ENGINEER is So Effective 

“I guess I am spoiled for any other 3D CAD products for the rest of my life. I can only repeat that the level of detail you can extract out of models – and especially assemblies such as bills-of-materials – is tremendous and very important to me in my specific job.

ProEngineer Effective

Bord na Móna creates design-specific attachments for equipment from all leading equipment manufacturers, and also does mechanism analyses on product designs.

Another example of functionality that I personally favour is Pro/ENGINEER’s Mechanism. It is excellent for validating and showing other people how designs are going to work. It makes everything self-explanatory and makes engineering available to everyone.

Model of Harvester in ProEngineer

Model of a harvester in Pro/ENGINEER.

I have been using Pro/ENGINEER for most of my engineering life, and in that time it has grown to be an essential tool at my side. No matter what you want to do in Pro/ENGINEER, the software always seems to be one step ahead and waiting for you to discover the true power of it. This brings you, as an engineer, to the next step through shear speed and efficiency. I really find that Pro/ENGINEER allows you to be as creative as you want, and because of this, it definitely opens new doors and can bring a complete company onto a whole new level.”