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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in April 2013
Video: MakeVR Attempts to Create a Natural HMI
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/30/2013  13 comments
MakeVR's natural HMI is a no-menu, instinctive drawing package for CAD and other applications.
Aircraft Engine Maker Opens Additive Manufacturing Lab
Engineering Materials 
4/29/2013  9 comments
Pratt & Whitney has funded an additive manufacturing center at the University of Connecticut to advance R&D for AM processes that produce metals.
Video Blog: We May Be Geeks, but We Control the World
Blog 
4/29/2013  18 comments
People who attend technical conferences like Design West are often mistakenly labeled as geeks. Do you even know what the real meaning of a geek is? Check out my video blog and I'll fill you in.
Increased Workstation Performance Is as Easy as 'DPPO'
Sponsored Blogs 
4/25/2013  3 comments
With demanding professional applications that require more power each year, engineers and designers need to keep up and stay productive.
The Social Network for 3D Printers
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/24/2013  25 comments
Makexyz is the place where people can offer their 3D printer for other people to use.
Engineering Creativity Peaks in Kindergarten
STEM Connection 
4/19/2013  25 comments
As engineers, we’re not nearly as creative as we think we are.
Report: 3D Printing Will (Eventually) Transform Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/18/2013  37 comments
Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, has the potential to upend manufacturing supply chains, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Kleverbeast Brings Mobile App Creation to Non-Techies
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/17/2013  8 comments
Kleverbeast allows anyone to create a mobile app using simple drag-and-drop mechanics.
The Least-Obvious Signals Sometimes Bite You
Sherlock Ohms 
4/15/2013  4 comments
When is a digital circuit not a digital circuit? When somebody forgot that ultimately everything is an analog circuit, and things like L, R, and C combine in the most insidious ways to derail a design.
ANSYS Extends Tools Through Toolkits
Blog 
4/12/2013  2 comments
Allowing users to automate tasks and extend their products through Toolkits is a very useful feature, as it can help to shorten analysis and design times.
Dutch Architect Plans to 3D Print a Building
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/10/2013  35 comments
Using stereolithography, designers plan to 3D print buildings around the world at about $6 million a pop.
Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
Blog 
4/10/2013  7 comments
Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
Multiphysics Enhances Analysis & Design
Blog 
4/9/2013  5 comments
Using an integrated solver that uses partial differential equations (PDEs) to solve multiphysics problems, COMSOL can combine a multitude of physics and solve them simultaneously.
DESIGN West: Ben Heck's Prototyping Tales of Horror
Blog 
4/9/2013  7 comments
If you are planning on attending DESIGN West, don't miss Ben Heckendorn's session, "What the Heck is That? Prototyping Tales of Horror from Ben Heck."
Slideshow: Smallest Dental Labs Get 3D-Printed Models
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2013  32 comments
A new 3D printer from Stratasys is making digital production of models for crowns, bridges, retainers, and other dental devices affordable for the smallest labs.
Printer Wars: See Who Emerged Victorious
Made by Monkeys 
4/5/2013  36 comments
The HP printer came to the end of its useful life because it could not keep up with technology. The Epson machine was just plain greedy with its ink.
ProBueno Turns Your Donated Skills Into Dollars for Charity
Blog 
4/5/2013  6 comments
ProBueno allows skilled workers to donate their time for contributions to the charity of their choice.
Video: Mycestro, a 3D Mouse for the Next Generation
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/4/2013  21 comments
Mycestro is an index finger-mounted mouse for use in confined spaces. A recent Kickstarter success, Mycestro is set to add to the HMI of devices.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Blog 
4/2/2013  2 comments
Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.




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