Content posted in April 2012
PLM Providers Head to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 4/30/2012
Building on the momentum of cloud-based business applications, PLM providers are serving up cloud-based variants of their platforms aimed at facilitating global product design collaboration and cost- effective deployment.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronics News 4/27/2012
In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Prodrive Shifts 3D Printing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 4/27/2012
Now in phase three of its implementation, Prodrive is not only using additive manufacturing technologies to test surrogate parts, it's actually 3D printing end-use parts for the finished MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car.
Process Allows Plastic to Adapt on Demand
Engineering Materials 4/23/2012
A process invented by a Duke University engineering team can change the surface texture of a soft polymer from rough to smooth, and back again, in a few milliseconds by changing the voltage applied to it.
Autodesk Bets Big on the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 4/13/2012
The cloud lies at the heart of Autodesk's 2013 software portfolio for manufacturers, a response, officials say, to a fundamental shift in the way people are conducting engineering and design work.
Vuuch Makes Product Development Social
CAD/CAM Corner 4/12/2012
Emphasizing enhancements like deliverable-specific dashboards and timelines, along with Facebook-like threaded discussions, Vuuch V5 promotes a collaboration-focused agenda for social product development.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
Though the technology has been around for about seven years, NFC only seems to now be coming into its own, with a veritable explosion of NFC-powered devices and applications emerging over the course of the last couple of years alone.
Low-Cost CAD Options Fuel Growth
CAD/CAM Corner 4/4/2012
New subscription pricing models and lower cost tools are fueling a resurgence in the CAD software market, giving smaller companies and independent CAD professionals entrée to software that was previously out of reach.
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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