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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in August 2011
SGI Dives Into Open-Source CFD Software
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/30/2011  9 comments
Along with trying to broaden the reach of CFD, SGI's acquisition of the open-source CFD software provider OpenCFD is just another part of the plan to reinvent itself with integrated technical computing solutions.
3D-Printed Plane Takes Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/29/2011  12 comments
SULSA, an unmanned air vehicle project initiated by the engineering department in Southampton University, is the first aircraft in flight built with select laser sintering (SLS) technology.
SpaceClaim Stakes Manufacturing Claim
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/26/2011  6 comments
The latest SpaceClaim Engineer 2011+ release takes aim at bread-and-butter manufacturing applications, including NC machining, jig and fixture design, and sheet metal and mold manufacturing.
Dassault Puts Inventor's 'Ice Dream' to 3D Simulation Test
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/25/2011  15 comments
Dassault Systèmes lends its arsenal of 3D modeling and simulation tools to help prove an eco-entrepreneur's dream of harvesting and transporting icebergs to solve the world's water shortage issues.
Autodesk Fuels Early Analysis With Simulation Offerings
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/24/2011  3 comments
Autodesk continues to push accessible simulation capabilities earlier into the design process with a pair of new offerings: a plastic modeling tool that integrates with Pro/ENGINEER and a labs project that tackles interactive wind tunnel testing.
Autodesk Launches AutoCAD Products for Mac
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2011  5 comments
Citing overwhelming user demand, Autodesk launched a trio of AutoCAD products built specifically for Mac OS X Lion, including AutoCAD 2012 for the Mac, AutoCAD LT for the Mac, and AutoCAD WS for the Mac.
ASU Gets Hands-On With Engineering Curriculum
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/19/2011  15 comments
To provide students with a practical approach to aerospace engineering education, Arizona State University has modified its curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning, including employing The MathWorks tools for real-world problem solving.
My Robot Nation Advances 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/18/2011  14 comments
To address the content creation bottleneck surrounding the democratization of 3D printing, Z Corp has teamed up with Kodama Studios and Offload Studios on a new browser-based service that makes it easy to create and produce 3D printed designs.
Parallels Advances Virtualization for Engineering Apps
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/16/2011  2 comments
Parallels Workstation 6 Extreme leverages Intel's direct assignment technology to make virtualization a more viable option for graphics-rich CAD and CAE applications.
Vistagy Survey Benchmarks Composites Best-Practices
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/15/2011  4 comments
While use of composites is on the rise across industries, a good number of companies still need to boost their knowledge and domain expertise around design and manufacturing, according to a recent survey.
PTC Adds 2D Sketch Tool to Creo Lineup
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/11/2011  4 comments
PTC has released Creo Sketch, a free app that mimics the "napkin sketch" as a way to help users quickly and easily capture ideas and design concepts.
Science Grabs Spotlight in Deadliest Warrior
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/10/2011  4 comments
The latest season puts a greater emphasis on the science, engineering, and testing that goes into ultimately deciding each episode's winner.
Autodesk Debuts CFD Simulation Tool
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/9/2011  3 comments
Fresh off the March acquisition of Blue Ridge Numerics, Autodesk Simulation CFD debuts with tighter integration and more consistency than with the rest of the Autodesk simulation portfolio.
PTC's Direct Modeling Strategy
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/4/2011  4 comments
PTC's Justin Teague explains the CAD maker's direct modeling strategy and spotlights how the Creo Elements/Direct 18.0 upgrade delivers a path for CoCreate users to migrate to the Creo Direct modeling paradigm over time.
Sales Engineer Spins Skateboard Truck
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/1/2011  13 comments
Long-time CAD software vet parlays industry know-how to transform design concept into Tork Trux, a soon-to-be released hands-free skateboard truck component.




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