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!
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
General Motors’ growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
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