Content posted in June 2011
Solid Edge ST4 Melds Direct, Feature-Based Modeling
CAD/CAM Corner 6/30/2011
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.
Siemens Surging Into Services
Wolfe's Den 6/30/2011
Siemens's new Customer Service Division will enable it to reap the rewards of lucrative consulting and engineering services revenue streams.
The Case of the Seismographic Readouts
Sherlock Ohms 6/29/2011
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.
Monkeys Designed My Cub Cadet
Made by Monkeys 6/29/2011
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 Made the Rain Trough on My Van
Made by Monkeys 6/24/2011
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.
Monkeys Designed the Bosch Counter-Top Fridge
Made by Monkeys 6/23/2011
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!
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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