Solid Edge ST4 Melds Direct, Feature-Based Modeling
CAD/CAM Corner 6/30/2011 6 comments With the release of Solid Edge ST4, Siemens PLM Software continues to infuse direct modeling capabilities further into the CAD tool, extending the synchronous workflow with new feature types and modeling capabilities.
Siemens Surging Into Services
Wolfe's Den 6/30/2011 8 comments Siemens's new Customer Service Division will enable it to reap the rewards of lucrative consulting and engineering services revenue streams.
The Case of the Seismographic Readouts
Sherlock Ohms 6/29/2011 4 comments A top-of-the-line air bearing, linear motor, fully mechanically decoupled video cmm had an intermittent issue where the X and Y readouts started jumping around. Call in Sherlock Ohms.
Monkeys Designed My Cub Cadet
Made by Monkeys 6/29/2011 8 comments The 1998 Cub Cadet comes with a couple surprises. The seat assembly is bolted to fracture-prone sheet metal, and the design monkeys also got to the clutch.
Monkeys Made the Rain Trough on My Van
Made by Monkeys 6/24/2011 5 comments Monkeys made the rain trough on the '96 Chrysler Town and Country. When the drain gets plugged with debris, the water spills into the vehicle – after passing over something that makes it boiling hot.
Monkeys Designed the Bosch Counter-Top Fridge
Made by Monkeys 6/23/2011 8 comments Bradley P. Miller purchased a new counter-top depth Bosch Refrigerator. It was a full-featured model with ice maker, through-the-door dispenser, and touch-panel controls. About two years after the purchase, he found a small piece of plastic in the bottom of the glass I had been drinking from. Monkeys!
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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