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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in March 2012
PTC Primes Mathcad for Collaboration
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/30/2012  4 comments
In the Prime 2.0 release of its all-purpose engineering calculation tool, PTC has added features enhancing the ability to collaborate and integrate technical calculations into engineering workflows.
Slideshow: 3D Printers Make Prototypes Pop
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/23/2012  30 comments
3D printers are advancing on both the high and low ends of the spectrum, introducing new materials choices, color options, and price points that make the technology far more accessible to mainstream users.
PLM Syncs Up With Service
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/19/2012  9 comments
Companies are tying service operations into Product Lifecycle Management, expanding the reach of end-to-end design processes.
Slideshow: Design Apps for the Mobile Engineer
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/15/2012  29 comments
There is a growing variety of mobile design tool apps available, providing engineers with on-the-go access to everything from 3D viewing and markup capabilities, to specialized utilities and technical calculators.
Does the Return on Investment Justify High College Costs?
Blog 
3/15/2012  68 comments
Fortunately for the engineering community, the market sets a very high value on our degrees and associated skills.
Rebuilding Manufacturing: Readers Say Reduce Regulations
Wolfe's Den 
3/14/2012  33 comments
New innovations in technology are everywhere, but where should the support come from?
Should We Pay More Attention to Software Ethics?
Mechatronics Zone 
3/13/2012  32 comments
Companies will always gather information about us, but it's the software that determines what someone does with that information. Programmers should keep that in mind when creating code.
Model-Based Design Driven by Embedded Systems
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/9/2012  15 comments
Driven by the rise of embedded systems, companies are turning to model-based design approaches to facilitate the development of increasingly complex products.
Apple’s Siri Springs to Life in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/8/2012  14 comments
Shapeways’ contest to visualize Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant in the iPhone 4S, shows just how comfortable the general public is getting with 3D printing technology.
Reducing Risk Through Integrated Advanced Development
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2012  15 comments
Integrated advanced development can help minimize risk associated with lack of knowledge, lack of product development, and lack of infrastructure.
SolidWorks Looks Beyond PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/1/2012  14 comments
Positioning 3D data as the universal language, Dassault/SolidWorks kicked off SolidWorks World 2012 with a vision for collaborative innovation.




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