Vuuch Makes Product Development Social
CAD/CAM Corner 4/12/2012 24 comments Emphasizing enhancements like deliverable-specific dashboards and timelines, along with Facebook-like threaded discussions, Vuuch V5 promotes a collaboration-focused agenda for social product development.
Autodesk Bets Big on the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 4/13/2012 19 comments The cloud lies at the heart of Autodesk's 2013 software portfolio for manufacturers, a response, officials say, to a fundamental shift in the way people are conducting engineering and design work.
Low-Cost CAD Options Fuel Growth
CAD/CAM Corner 4/4/2012 16 comments New subscription pricing models and lower cost tools are fueling a resurgence in the CAD software market, giving smaller companies and independent CAD professionals entrée to software that was previously out of reach.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
Blog 4/4/2012 16 comments Though the technology has been around for about seven years, NFC only seems to now be coming into its own, with a veritable explosion of NFC-powered devices and applications emerging over the course of the last couple of years alone.
Prodrive Shifts 3D Printing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 4/27/2012 13 comments Now in phase three of its implementation, Prodrive is not only using additive manufacturing technologies to test surrogate parts, it's actually 3D printing end-use parts for the finished MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car.
Process Allows Plastic to Adapt on Demand
Engineering Materials 4/23/2012 10 comments A process invented by a Duke University engineering team can change the surface texture of a soft polymer from rough to smooth, and back again, in a few milliseconds by changing the voltage applied to it.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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