Content posted in July 2012
3D Composites Can Make Parts Cheaper
Engineering Materials 7/31/2012
A less expensive method for making aircraft and automotive components uses additive manufacturing techniques and aluminum powders to form metal matrix composites.
Sunglass API Fuels CAD Connections
CAD/CAM Corner 7/27/2012
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With the formal release of the Sunglass API, Sunglass is courting developers to build add-ons for its cloud-based collaboration platform, along with fostering direct integration to popular 3D design tools.
Aircraft Materials Lighten Up
Engineering Materials 7/26/2012
Engineers have a broader choice of metals and plastics to help lighten the load and beef up the strength of commercial aircraft designs.
Video: Swarming Robots Dazzle Cannes
Flying in swarms and equipped with mirrors, 16 of the University of Pennsylvania's tiny flying quadrotor robots dazzled the audience at Cannes by manipulating sound and light and dancing to music.
Renault Fast Tracks CAD Interoperability
CAD/CAM Corner 7/25/2012
Using Elysium interoperability software, Renault Sport F1 created a supplier portal that automates multi-CAD file exchange, facilitating collaboration across a global supply chain.
Engineering Tools Take to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 7/23/2012
While engineers have been slow to adopt the cloud-based delivery model, a slew of new on-demand tools are promising to alter product design processes and promote a new level of cross-company collaboration.
Mentor Graphics Bridges 1D With 3D CFD Analysis
CAD/CAM Corner 7/20/2012
As part of its push for upfront CFD analysis, Mentor Graphics has tightly coupled its system-level 1D Flowmaster tool with its FlowEFD 3D CFD analysis offering, letting engineers leverage the best of both platforms.
Coconut & Fabrics Improve Biocomposites
Engineering Materials 7/19/2012
Researchers in Malaysia have developed a bio-based composite material by substituting coconut fibers for traditional ceramic fibers in biocomposite tiles. The natural fibers improve the strength and stiffness of the composite materials and also reduce their weight.
MathWorks Fleshes Out Its Code Story
CAD/CAM Corner 7/19/2012
Citing automatic code generation as a way to help customers accelerate time to market, MathWorks augmented MATLAB with functionality for generating HDL code for ASIC and FPGA design.
Sustainability Makes for Good Design
CAD/CAM Corner 7/18/2012
Compliance directives and user demand for greener products are upping the ante, and new capabilities in CAD and PLM tools are helping engineers embrace the practices as just another element of effective design.
Video: 3D Printer Cooks Up Blood Vessels
CAD/CAM Corner 7/17/2012
A bioengineering team from the University of Pennsylvania has put the RepRap open-source 3D printer to work, making templates of blood vessel networks out of sugar as part of its work in regenerative medicine.
BMW Engine Powered by Aluminum Piston
Engineering Materials 7/13/2012
An aluminum piston built to withstand the heat and strength requirements of very high-power diesel engines will go into the triple-turbo, 93kW/liter engine for the BMW M550d xDrive sedan.
3D Materials Expand Design Options
Engineering Materials 7/12/2012
New rigid and rubber-like digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D multi-material printing systems offer improved toughness, more shore scale values, and resistance to heat.
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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