Siemens Surging Into Services
Wolfe's Den 6/30/2011 8 comments Siemens's new Customer Service Division will enable it to reap the rewards of lucrative consulting and engineering services revenue streams.
Monkeys Designed My Cub Cadet
Made by Monkeys 6/29/2011 8 comments The 1998 Cub Cadet comes with a couple surprises. The seat assembly is bolted to fracture-prone sheet metal, and the design monkeys also got to the clutch.
Monkeys Designed the Bosch Counter-Top Fridge
Made by Monkeys 6/23/2011 8 comments Bradley P. Miller purchased a new counter-top depth Bosch Refrigerator. It was a full-featured model with ice maker, through-the-door dispenser, and touch-panel controls. About two years after the purchase, he found a small piece of plastic in the bottom of the glass I had been drinking from. Monkeys!
Solid Edge ST4 Melds Direct, Feature-Based Modeling
CAD/CAM Corner 6/30/2011 6 comments With the release of Solid Edge ST4, Siemens PLM Software continues to infuse direct modeling capabilities further into the CAD tool, extending the synchronous workflow with new feature types and modeling capabilities.
Monkeys Made the Rain Trough on My Van
Made by Monkeys 6/24/2011 5 comments Monkeys made the rain trough on the '96 Chrysler Town and Country. When the drain gets plugged with debris, the water spills into the vehicle – after passing over something that makes it boiling hot.
The Case of the Seismographic Readouts
Sherlock Ohms 6/29/2011 4 comments A top-of-the-line air bearing, linear motor, fully mechanically decoupled video cmm had an intermittent issue where the X and Y readouts started jumping around. Call in Sherlock Ohms.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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