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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in November 2012
Time Is Running Out
Blog 
11/30/2012  2 comments
Tuesday, December 4 is your last chance to enter the Golden Mousetrap Awards. So, what are you waiting for?
LightWave 3D Creates a Virtual Set for TV, Movies
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/27/2012  7 comments
Physical sets and models are a thing of the past for the television and film industries. LightWave 3D gives unprecedented options for new shows, like Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.
Slideshow: Making Sense of Connected Sensors
Blog 
11/26/2012  11 comments
The Embedded Technology 2012 trade show held recently in Yokohama, Japan, focused on five smart technologies: energy, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, and transportation systems, as well as mobile and cloud computing.
Video: Autodesk Welcomes 123D Design to App Family
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/26/2012  6 comments
Autodesk takes a design from concept to fabrication with the browser-based 123D Design.
NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Parts
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2012  24 comments
NASA is using 3D printing to build engine parts for its next-generation heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System.
Engineers: It's BYOD for Life
Blog 
11/19/2012  16 comments
The concept of "bring your own device" to work is causing every type of business to do some restructuring for the sake of security.
Video: Pointing & Clicking Without a Mouse
Blog 
11/16/2012  10 comments
Microchip’s GestIC technology, which enables intuitive, gesture-based, non-contact user interfaces, is the heart of a range of end products, starting with the MGC3130.
The Work Day of the Future
Blog 
11/15/2012  27 comments
In 20 years, what will the typical work day be like? That is the question the Working Worlds in 2030 project is trying to answer.
Autodesk Enters the Gaming Industry
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/15/2012  3 comments
Autodesk provides easy-to-use tools for every technical industry. Now, with its new version of Scaleform for mobile game developers, the gaming industry is in their sights.
Software Advances Do Their Part to Spur 3D Print Revolution
Blog 
11/14/2012  2 comments
Sure, prices on 3D printers are coming down. But advances to 3D content creation tools at both the low and high end are helping to make 3D printing more accessible to a broader audience.
Slideshow: Apple iPad 4 Teardown
Blog 
11/13/2012  17 comments
Apple stunned reporters with the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad (or iPad 4), just over six months since the launch of the iPad 3.
Is Your Personal Device Personal?
Blog 
11/13/2012  14 comments
Do you use your personal mobile device in your plant, and does your company expect you to use your own iPad or smartphone for company use?
Upverter Launches Cloud-Based CAD for Engineering Hardware Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/13/2012  6 comments
Browser-based CAD software takes design from concept to PCB in one package. Upverter helps engineers create from anywhere at any time.
Indignation With Taking Liberties
Blog 
11/12/2012  23 comments
What happens when the talented but willful production team takes engineering directives as suggestions?
Texture & Motion Sensor From Autodesk Research, an Innovative HMI
Blog 
11/9/2012  5 comments
Autodesk's Magic Finger is equipped with an ADNS 2620 low-resolution, high-speed optical flow sensor that senses X-Y motion, and a high-resolution AWAIBA NanEye micro RGB camera with modified HDNS-2100 lens that detects the surface being touched.
Tier 1 Auto Supplier Tests Hybrid Systems Using Simulation
Blog 
11/6/2012  15 comments
Lear Corp. is testing and validating its hybrid and EV power systems with software simulation.
My Opinion on IEC 61508: It Puts Safety First
Blog 
11/6/2012  2 comments
IEC 61508 is intended to be a basic functional safety standard that’s applicable to all industries.
Teamcenter PLM Meets Up With the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/5/2012  3 comments
As part its "future-proof architecture" tenet, Siemens PLM Software is now offering a cloud-based delivery option for Teamcenter via three leading infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers.
NVIDIA Floats Workstations Graphics to the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/2/2012  7 comments
A new NVIDIA platform offers engineers and design professionals workstation-class graphics and compute horsepower from their device of choice, including popular mobile ones.




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