Slideshow: 3D Printers Make Prototypes Pop
CAD/CAM Corner 3/23/2012 30 comments 3D printers are advancing on both the high and low ends of the spectrum, introducing new materials choices, color options, and price points that make the technology far more accessible to mainstream users.
Slideshow: Design Apps for the Mobile Engineer
CAD/CAM Corner 3/15/2012 29 comments There is a growing variety of mobile design tool apps available, providing engineers with on-the-go access to everything from 3D viewing and markup capabilities, to specialized utilities and technical calculators.
Understanding Overload Failures
Guest Blogs 3/23/2012 17 comments Avoiding overload failures is a matter of understanding the forces that act on a part and the properties of the material from which it is made. Things break, but they don't necessarily have to.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
Engineering Materials 3/23/2012 17 comments Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
SolidWorks Looks Beyond PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 3/1/2012 14 comments Positioning 3D data as the universal language, Dassault/SolidWorks kicked off SolidWorks World 2012 with a vision for collaborative innovation.
Apple’s Siri Springs to Life in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 3/8/2012 14 comments Shapeways’ contest to visualize Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant in the iPhone 4S, shows just how comfortable the general public is getting with 3D printing technology.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
Engineering Materials 3/16/2012 14 comments A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
Case of the Skewed Chips
Sherlock Ohms 3/6/2012 13 comments The automation was working within specs for chip placement, but it wasn't working as well as it should. A step-by-step look revealed the flaw.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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