Content posted in September 2012
Solar Inverter Optimization
Automation control technology plays a key design role in balancing energy-efficiency gains with the need for lifetime reliability and low-cost solutions.
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Automotive News 9/11/2012
Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Siemens Technology Stack Takes the Sting Out of PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 9/7/2012
Siemens PLM Software is assembling next-generation user interfaces, sophisticated search, and visualization technology coupled with highly granular industry-specific capabilities to reduce the ongoing complexity surrounding PLM.
MapleSim 6 Goes Heavy on Modelica Support
CAD/CAM Corner 9/6/2012
In expanding support for the Modelica open-source language, MapleSim 6 aims to integrate its physical modeling and simulation capabilities with the rest of the design tool chain.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 9/5/2012
Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
Send Kids to College With Tools
Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus taught his kids how to fix things at a young age. Not only did it give them a little independence, it also helped them make friends later in life.
Visualization and virtual reality tools allow design engineers to build virtual prototypes that can be manipulated collaboratively. You can swap out materials and store data within the file.
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Autodesk and Siemens PLM have reached an agreement to create seamless integration between their design software files.
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
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