Content posted in August 2011
SGI Dives Into Open-Source CFD Software
CAD/CAM Corner 8/30/2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Automotive News 8/19/2011
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
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
Electronics News 8/18/2011
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
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
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.
SparkFun Inventors Kit Is 'Clever'
Gadget Freak 8/12/2011
Gadget Freak blogger Steve Ravet recently picked up a SparkFun inventors kit for Arduino. Though his preferred development hardware is mbed, he was impressed.
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
A new proof-of-concept robot from Harvard's Wyss Institute shows that it may one day be possible to build sophisticated autonomous robots without any hard components.
Mobile technology is slowly gaining ground on the plant floor, even with indications of high ROI.
Perfection is a laudable, but ultimately unattainable, goal, even for the world's most successful consumer electronics company. You know the hits; here are Apple's all-time greatest misses.
Siemens' new version of Imagine Lab was designed to help the automotive and aerospace industries meet environmental mandates.
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