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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in February 2012
Autodesk iPad App Animates Lego Dragon
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/29/2012  12 comments
Autodesk is teaming up with Lego to promote the benefits of animated 3D instruction manuals via a proof-of-concept iPad app that’s powered by the Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer.
Consumerization Steers a New Wave of Design Tools
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/24/2012  16 comments
The user experience around personal devices is driving a whole new generation of tools and CAD apps that will deliver enhanced usability and new utility for engineers.
Rebuilding America: Should US Companies Follow Germans' Lead?
Guest Blogs 
2/23/2012  41 comments
Rather than sacking loyal, trained workers, many struggling German companies simply cut the hours of all employees in order to preserve jobs and, ultimately, the enterprise.
Slideshow: Social Side of CAD
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/21/2012  13 comments
Traditional CAD vendors and new startups are bringing a social side to traditional design tools, inspiring new ways of collaboration, and fostering the development of more innovative products.
Complexity Surrounds Software-Intensive Product Designs
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/14/2012  11 comments
As software increasingly becomes a lever to differentiate and drive innovation, product development organizations face complex change management issues that can put a damper on potential benefits.
3D PDF Backed for Engineering Data Exchange
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/7/2012  12 comments
The 3D PDF Consortium is courting a community to drive adoption of the standard as a means to collaborate, exchange, and visualize engineering-related data.
IMSI/Design Has Foundation for Mobile CAD
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/6/2012  2 comments
With its new TurboApps SDK, IMSI/Design is hoping to make its 2D/3D viewing engine a platform for developers building mobile CAD-related apps.
3D Printer Takes Paper-Based Approach
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/1/2012  29 comments
An Irish firm is offering a printer that employs ordinary paper to create 3D models, along with a novel pricing model that charges for print service plans, not hardware.




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