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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in February 2013
MathWorks Expands Functionality, Making Development Easier
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/28/2013  2 comments
MathWorks has released an update to its MATLAB, Stateflow, and Simulink platforms to try to lessen the gap between apps and computer coding.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2013  34 comments
There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
A More Natural Way to Learn
Guest Blogs 
2/26/2013  11 comments
With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
Free Compiler in the Cloud
Blog 
2/22/2013  9 comments
Arrow and Freescale have partnered in the cloud so you can more easily design a product for the "Internet of Things."
Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
Blog 
2/19/2013  29 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.
Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala
Blog 
2/18/2013  6 comments
See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 
2/18/2013  31 comments
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
Video: Augmented Reality for Mechanical Design
Guest Blogs 
2/18/2013  7 comments
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that we're exposed to much more than we realize -- from NFL broadcasts to the Lego store.
Lulzbot AO-101 3D Printer Ready to Use out of the Box
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/18/2013  13 comments
Turnkey Lulzbot AO-101 3D printer comes with everything needed to get up and running immediately.
Slideshow: The Role of Embedded Platforms in Next-Gen Designs
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  4 comments
It's important to match the right hardware with the right software and tools.
French Designer Uses 3D Printer to Create Humanoid Robot
Blog 
2/8/2013  18 comments
Through his InMoov project, French artist and designer Gael Langevin is working on a humanoid robot that can be printed with a 3D printer then assembled at home.
Video: PBS Off-Book Explores the Open-Source Art Movement
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/7/2013  11 comments
PBS shows the artistic side of engineering and software design with their Off-Book series, "The Art of Creative Coding."
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Blog 
2/4/2013  36 comments
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
MetaEdit+ 5, Domain Specific Modeling to Become More Efficient
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/1/2013  1 comment
MetaEdit+ enables companies to radically improve development productivity and quality by generating full code directly from models.




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