Content posted in April 2012
PLM Providers Head to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 4/30/2012
Building on the momentum of cloud-based business applications, PLM providers are serving up cloud-based variants of their platforms aimed at facilitating global product design collaboration and cost- effective deployment.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronics News 4/27/2012
In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Prodrive Shifts 3D Printing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 4/27/2012
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
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.
Autodesk Bets Big on the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 4/13/2012
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.
Vuuch Makes Product Development Social
CAD/CAM Corner 4/12/2012
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.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
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.
Low-Cost CAD Options Fuel Growth
CAD/CAM Corner 4/4/2012
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.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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