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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in October 2012
Patent Pushes Back Against 3D Printing Piracy
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/30/2012  13 comments
A broad patent filed by Microsoft vet Nathan Myhrvold's company centers on a "manufacturing control system" that establishes digital rights management for 3D printing.
Slideshow: 'MEMS Inside the Machine'
Blog 
10/29/2012  8 comments
MEMS Technology Showcase, being held November 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., highlights "MEMS Inside the Machine."
PTC Quietly Releases Free Mathcad Version
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/29/2012  11 comments
Engineers looking to beef up their stockpile of free design tools should take a peek at PTC's new Mathcad Express, a free, somewhat limited version of its engineering calculation software.
3D Printing Shapes Factory of the Future
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/25/2012  14 comments
Shapeways is opening a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility that gives small engineering shops and hobbyists an affordable way to produce their designs.
Automated Requirements Traceability & Verification of Software: Who Cares? I Do
Guest Blogs 
10/25/2012  4 comments
Today’s device manufacturers face conflicting demands: Get the product out the door. Minimize development cost. Meet ever-changing customer requirements. Certify your device. The list goes on.
Products to Watch For
Blog 
10/24/2012  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from IAR Systems, LDRA, and Analog Devices that need a little highlighting.
Lack of Qualified Engineering Candidates
Blog 
10/23/2012  59 comments
You have a 10V ideal voltage source in parallel with a 5Ω resistor. What is the impedance?
SpaceClaim 2012+ Zeros In On Four Areas of CAD Use
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/18/2012  6 comments
Continuing its charter to open up 3D modeling to more uses cases, SpaceClaim Engineer 2012+ adds enhancements in the areas of manufacturing, simulation, concept development, and mesh remodeling.
Rising Engineering Stars: Message Received Loud & Clear
Blog 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Design News is looking for rising engineering stars -- those who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Siemens PLM Software Puts Acquisition Plans in Motion
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/17/2012  3 comments
Siemens PLM Software acquires Kineo CAM in a move that bolsters its PLM suite with motion optimization, collision avoidance, and path planning capabilities for both product design and manufacturing applications.
3D Systems Bulks Up Scanning Piece of Its 3D Vision
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/16/2012  6 comments
In a bid to build out its vision for 3D content-to-print solutions, 3D Systems acquired Raidform, adding 3D scan-to-CAD and inspection software to its burgeoning arsenal of 3D tools.
3D Printing Flies High
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2012  15 comments
Materials and processes for creating 3D printed production parts from plastics, metals, and even carbon composites are on the horizon for aerospace applications.
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
Blog 
10/15/2012  23 comments
In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
Siemens Packs Briefcase of Design Data for Suppliers
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/12/2012  3 comments
The new Briefcase Browser facilitates the exchange of design data between OEMs and suppliers without access to the core Teamcenter PLM platform.
2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
10/11/2012  7 comments
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Can You Make the Popinator Work?
Electronics News 
10/11/2012  39 comments
The maker of a popcorn-launching machine has a design task for dyed-in-the-wool gadget freaks.
Robot 'Thinks' Like a Honey Bee
Blog 
10/9/2012  16 comments
Scientists in the UK are working on the creation of artificial intelligence to power a flying robot that can autonomously think like a honey bee, rather than be programmed to perform tasks.
Slideshow: Even More Messy Desks
Blog 
10/8/2012  37 comments
Is it true that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be?
Biggest, Fastest Titanium 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
10/8/2012  17 comments
A pact among Airbus, aerostructure manufacturer Aerosud, and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to develop the biggest, fastest 3D printer possible for making titanium aircraft and satellite components.
Sunglass Launches 3D Collaboration Site
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/8/2012  7 comments
Touting project management, social collaboration, and robust capabilities for managing version history, Sunglass has taken the wraps off its cloud-based platform for 3D design.
Formlabs Launches 'Prosumer' 3D Printer
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/4/2012  22 comments
Leveraging a unique go-to-market strategy based on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, Formlabs has debuted the Form 1, a low-cost 3D printer for professionals.
Humans, Do You Speak !~+V•&T1F0()?
Blog 
10/4/2012  23 comments
Software that will let people and robots communicate in their own languages to plan difficult and complex tasks is being developed at a Scottish university.
The Fight for the Perfect Fit
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2012  8 comments
eQuality Tech is using Geomagic to help Fight-Bite cut design time for customized mouthguards from a day to an hour.
Michael Waltrip Throttles Up a Digital Simulation Edge
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/3/2012  13 comments
The nascent NASCAR team is fast tracking a winning season with a revamped digital aerodynamics design initiative that shifts digital CFD simulation into high gear.
Myth of the College Experience
Guest Blogs 
10/3/2012  40 comments
The best way to prepare for success in your career and in life is to start out at a community college.
Simulation Heads for Mainstream Makeover
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/2/2012  6 comments
Readily accessible workstation capabilities and cloud-based functionality are transforming simulation from a specialist function to a routine part of a design engineer's workflow.
Designers, Where Do You Start?
Blog 
10/2/2012  15 comments
When you sit down to start a new design, what's the first thing you do?
3D Printing Stars in Fed-Sponsored Manufacturing Initiative
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2012  9 comments
3D printing and additive manufacturing are now on the radar of the federal government.
Petroski on Engineering: Mobile & Stabile Art
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2012  2 comments
Understanding the background of anything that is designed makes us realize that everything can be connected to everything else.




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