SGI Dives Into Open-Source CFD Software
CAD/CAM Corner 8/30/2011 9 comments Along with trying to broaden the reach of CFD, SGI's acquisition of the open-source CFD software provider OpenCFD is just another part of the plan to reinvent itself with integrated technical computing solutions.
3D-Printed Plane Takes Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 8/29/2011 12 comments SULSA, an unmanned air vehicle project initiated by the engineering department in Southampton University, is the first aircraft in flight built with select laser sintering (SLS) technology.
SpaceClaim Stakes Manufacturing Claim
CAD/CAM Corner 8/26/2011 6 comments The latest SpaceClaim Engineer 2011+ release takes aim at bread-and-butter manufacturing applications, including NC machining, jig and fixture design, and sheet metal and mold manufacturing.
Hackers Probe Medical Implants
Blog 8/25/2011 7 comments Attendees of Black Hat Technical Security Forum seem to be leaving computers behind and probing arcane security concerns. But the hacking of a microcontroller-powered medical implant may not be as crazy as it sounds.
Autodesk Fuels Early Analysis With Simulation Offerings
CAD/CAM Corner 8/24/2011 3 comments Autodesk continues to push accessible simulation capabilities earlier into the design process with a pair of new offerings: a plastic modeling tool that integrates with Pro/ENGINEER and a labs project that tackles interactive wind tunnel testing.
Wireless Sensor Nets Make Better Economic Case
Blog 8/23/2011 11 comments Wireless sensor networks are more reasonable to deploy in many vertical domains than they were a decade ago, but market analysts say the jury's still out on which domains will see sensor networks become commonplace soon.
Autodesk Launches AutoCAD Products for Mac
CAD/CAM Corner 8/22/2011 5 comments Citing overwhelming user demand, Autodesk launched a trio of AutoCAD products built specifically for Mac OS X Lion, including AutoCAD 2012 for the Mac, AutoCAD LT for the Mac, and AutoCAD WS for the Mac.
Rolls-Royce Tests Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 8/19/2011 14 comments Early feedback on the new Rolls-Royce electric concept car shows that drivers like the power and quiet performance, but consider driving range to be an issue.
ASU Gets Hands-On With Engineering Curriculum
CAD/CAM Corner 8/19/2011 15 comments To provide students with a practical approach to aerospace engineering education, Arizona State University has modified its curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning, including employing The MathWorks tools for real-world problem solving.
Bringing FPGAs to Mechanical Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 8/18/2011 1 comment Xilinx Inc. and National Instruments are trying to make it easier for mechanical engineers and other "domain experts" to employ field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
My Robot Nation Advances 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 8/18/2011 14 comments To address the content creation bottleneck surrounding the democratization of 3D printing, Z Corp has teamed up with Kodama Studios and Offload Studios on a new browser-based service that makes it easy to create and produce 3D printed designs.
3D-Printed Stool Holds 220 Pounds
Engineering Materials 8/12/2011 9 comments In a demonstration of the rapidly growing capabilities of the 3D printing process, Objet printed a stool that folds and holds more than 220 pounds.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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