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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in December 2011
Slideshow: CAD Jockey's Holiday Gift Guide
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/21/2011  18 comments
From high-end mobile workstations to novel input devices and a reasonably priced 3D printer/CAD software bundle, there's an array of new products designed to bring holiday cheer to any CAD user.
3D CAD Brings Battleships to Life
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/16/2011  16 comments
Donn McKinney is hoping to spark the public's interest in large battleships by leveraging SolidWorks to create a full-scale 3D CAD model of the USS Missouri, which will provide a foundation for building a 1/32nd scale operational replica.
Subscription-Based CAD Tool Offered
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/15/2011  10 comments
As part of its co-creation approach to vehicle design, Local Motors has teamed up with Siemens PLM Software to offer its crowdsourcing community Solid Edge Design1, a fully featured CAD tool priced with a $19.95 monthly subscription fee.
For Dassault, 3D Sketch Is a Natural
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/12/2011  20 comments
CATIA Natural Sketch aims to help industrial designers fast-track 2D ideas into 3D models in a way that mimics paper sketching.
Li-Ion Battery Costs Challenge Engineers on EV Safety
Automotive News 
12/9/2011  43 comments
Lithium-ion battery costs are already high, and concerns about crashwortiness won't help.
Autodesk Puts PLM in the Cloud
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/6/2011  11 comments
Autodesk is finally planting a stake in PLM territory with its new Autodesk 360 for PLM offering, a hybrid cloud approach that promises a faster-to-deploy, less expensive alternative to traditional systems.
CAD Upstart Gives Designers Holographic View
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/5/2011  15 comments
Using virtual-holographic 3D imagery, Infinite Z's new zSpace immersive 3D environment lets users interact and explore 3D models as if they were real, physical objects.
Do Engineers Have Appetite for Mobile Apps?
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/2/2011  22 comments
Unlike the consumer market, which is hungry for all things mobile, engineers remain slightly skeptical about the upside of design tool apps running on mobile platforms.




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The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
Get a load of these strange product designs. What's in the water these design engineers are drinking?
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
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