PTC Primes Mathcad for Collaboration
CAD/CAM Corner 3/30/2012 4 comments In the Prime 2.0 release of its all-purpose engineering calculation tool, PTC has added features enhancing the ability to collaborate and integrate technical calculations into engineering workflows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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