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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in December 2012
Video: 3D Printing With Moon Rocks
Engineering Materials 
12/26/2012  20 comments
Washington State University engineers have 3D-printed some simple-shaped objects using a lunar regolith simulant, an artificial version of the mixture of loose dust, rock, and soil that covers solid bedrock.
Solidoodle 3 Provides High-Quality 3D Printing on the Cheap
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/21/2012  7 comments
Fierce competition has spurred Solidoodle to release the third iteration of its printer with updated parts and better performance.
3D Mice Enhance Motorcycle Design Process
Guest Blogs 
12/21/2012  11 comments
If you’re racing some of the fastest, most aerodynamic motorcycles in the world, you want a machine that’s comfortable, easy to operate, and gets you to the finish line first. The same holds true for the engineers and designers behind the finished product.
Company Combines CAD, Lasers & Robotics to Build Better Buildings
Blog 
12/20/2012  9 comments
Theometrics has created a digital layout and robotic system that takes architectural measurements and plans and applies them to a construction site.
7 Tips for Choosing Your Workstation
Sponsored Blogs 
12/19/2012  6 comments
A common question that comes up at tradeshows and industry events is, “What hardware do I need to successfully run a professional engineering or design application?”
Highlights From the Product Showcase
Blog 
12/19/2012  4 comments
We’ve just posted some products from Texas Instruments, Aerotech, and Netherlocks that deserve a little attention.
The Gift of Speed
Sponsored Blogs 
12/17/2012  5 comments
In industries such as aerospace, automotive, and heavy industry, companies rely tremendously on engineering and design teams throughout the year to develop and deliver innovations that create value for their customers and revenue and profit for the company.
Autodesk Teams With IZOD IndyCar to Innovate the Racing World
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/17/2012  9 comments
Autodesk is teaming up with IZOD IndyCar Series in a three-year deal meant to expose and familiarize all of the IndyCar race teams with the entire Autodesk collection of software.
Engineering Students Show Off Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Skills
STEM Connection 
12/12/2012  10 comments
An innovative program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago teams up students to work together to solve complex, open-ended, real-world problems.
3D-Printed Weapons & the Consequences
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/11/2012  113 comments
A 3D-printed gun has been test fired, and it works. Is it an engineering marvel or a disaster waiting to happen?
Mixing Paint(ball) With Workstations
Sponsored Blogs 
12/10/2012  3 comments
KEE Action Sports has leveraged true professional workstation innovation with Intel technology to become, and remain, a leader in the sport of Paintball. And that doesn’t happen by accident.
Do You Design in the Cloud (or Know What That Means)?
Blog 
12/10/2012  17 comments
We asked our LinkedIn group, "When you hear 'design in the cloud,' what does that mean to you?"
The Right PLM Solution Advances Cabela’s
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2012  3 comments
Cabela's is now using PTC PLM solutions to manage the entire lifecycle of its apparel and footwear products from conception through design, technical design, sourcing, and manufacturing to commercialization.
Rapidform 3D Scanner Recreates Ancient Caves
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/4/2012  11 comments
Is Rapidform a tool every engineer needs to have under his belt to stay competitive in the modern manufacturing industry?
Petroski on Engineering: Design Begets Design
Guest Blogs 
12/4/2012  15 comments
New designs have a variety of origins. Some are prompted by necessity, some by desire, and some by just plain playfulness.
PLM's Antidote to Med Device Makers' Compliance Woes
Blog 
12/3/2012  6 comments
Medical device manufacturers are looking to PLM to help establish more rigorous processes around compliance.
My Opinion on PLM in the Cloud
Blog 
12/3/2012  16 comments
Cloud-based PLM is here to stay and will have a significant impact in the market.




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