Content posted in September 2011
MapleSim Drives Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Design
CAD/CAM Corner 9/30/2011
As part of a strategy to seed a portfolio of add-ons for its MapleSim physical modeling and simulation tool, Maplesoft has released the Driveline Component Library aimed at improving overall vehicle fuel efficiency.
Elysium Explores CAD Data Mining Service
CAD/CAM Corner 9/28/2011
Hoping to facilitate better insights and decision making, Elysium is testing a service in which it helps companies mine critical product-related IP locked away in CAD models for integration into other core business systems.
3D Systems Ramps Up Push for Maker Market
CAD/CAM Corner 9/27/2011
With the BotMill open-source 3D printer company the latest acquisition under its belt, 3D Systems is stepping up efforts to target makers and enthusiasts as part of its vision to "democratize" low-cost 3D print and content solutions.
Design Tool Vendors Step Up Education Efforts
CAD/CAM Corner 9/26/2011
In response to national concern over the shortage of skilled science and engineering graduates, design tool vendors are stepping up efforts to seed technology within the student community, hoping to foster interest in engineering careers.
Green Contest Gives Crash Course in Sustainable Design
CAD/CAM Corner 9/23/2011
Russell Donovan, winner of SolidWorks' Green Design Contest, says his exposure to SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress to create his "leaf" chair was an eye-opener in terms of considering environmental factors throughout a product's lifecycle.
China's Rare Earth Export Cutbacks Raise Alarms
Prices for rare earth elements, an important component electromechanical products, have jumped by at least an order of magnitude in the past year as a result of export cutbacks from China, the world's largest source.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?
SAP Pumps Up 3D Product Visualization
CAD/CAM Corner 9/20/2011
SAP's acquisition of Right Hemisphere shows a commitment to leveraging 3D visualization to let all business lines make more informed decisions throughout the product lifecycle.
Damn the Error Codes
Mechatronics Zone 9/20/2011
Service manuals often give incomplete error or malfunction information and fail to include information on fixing the problem.
Will an MBA Benefit You?
Electronics News 9/19/2011
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, long a staple for engineers preparing for leadership, is looking pretty enticing lately.
Design Tools Get the Human Touch
CAD/CAM Corner 9/16/2011
Graphics-rich mobile devices, greater processing power, and consumers' continuing push for simplicity are remaking the design tool experience to be less technology centric and more focused on human-centered design.
PLM: The Ultimate Engineering Job Saver
Guest Blogs 9/14/2011
By following PLM's product-centric, information-driven approach to product design, engineers can produce better and more innovative products using fewer resources in less time -- and keep their jobs.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
Mechatronics Zone 9/13/2011
When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
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