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Content tagged with Design Hardware & Software posted in August 2012
Why Aren't Engineering Students Happier? Because It's Hard
STEM Connection 
8/29/2012  33 comments
The Princeton Review came out with its annual edition of "The Best 377 Colleges" last week, and engineering schools again did poorly in the area of student happiness.
Want to Track Sharks? There's an App for That
Blog 
8/28/2012  40 comments
A surfboard-like robot floating in the Pacific off San Francisco is following great white sharks and transmitting information about them back to shore.
Learn How to Photograph Your Product
Blog 
8/27/2012  16 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a good photo must have a value many times that number.
SolidWorks Syncs Electrical, Mechanical Design Silos
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/27/2012  12 comments
SolidWorks Electrical connects mechanical and electrical engineering teams, allowing them to plan and integrate electrical systems into overall 3D mechanical models.
Video: Tool Is a Handy Replacement for a Mouse
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/24/2012  11 comments
A Purdue University research team has developed Handy-Potter, technology that lets users tap intuitive gestures and movements to create and modify 3D objects with their bare hands.
What You Need to Know About Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
8/24/2012  10 comments
Design engineers must have a good grasp of architecture, understand the functions of various construction equipment or machinery, and be proficient in reading blueprints and drawings.
Should the US Adopt Metric Standards?
Blog 
8/23/2012  72 comments
Metrication creeps forward in the US, but it's time to make the last 100-meter run and, to borrow Nike's slogan, just do it.
TeamPlatform Spins Up Cloud-Based Design Collaboration
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/23/2012  7 comments
Blending cloud, 3D visualization, project management, and workflow capabilities, VisPower Technologies' TeamPlatform aims to facilitate product design and engineering collaboration among dispersed design partners.
RobotExpert Brings Simplified Simulation to the Shop Floor
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2012  10 comments
Siemens PLM Software has broadened its Tecnomatix digital manufacturing portfolio with RobotExpert, an out-of-the-box solution for shop floor robotic simulation and programming.
3D Technologies Help Custom Prosthetics Hit Their Stride
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/21/2012  13 comments
A growing number of researchers and manufacturers are tapping 3D printers and 3D CAD software to build highly customized, next-generation prosthetics in a more cost-effective manner.
Gates Foundation Flushes Out Winning Toilet Designs
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/20/2012  22 comments
A year after it announced grants for its "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge," the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation picked winning toilet designs that have the most potential for bringing cost-effective and safe sanitation to developing countries.
Slideshow: Scenes From NI Week
Blog 
8/16/2012  6 comments
The exhibit floor at NI Week featured a few demonstrations that were definitely noteworthy.
CD-adapco Unleashes Simulation on EV Battery Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/16/2012  4 comments
With its latest STAR-CCM+ Battery Simulation Module, CD-adapco brings simulation to bear on the design challenges around lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market.
Engineer Pulls Trigger on 3D-Printed Gun
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/15/2012  72 comments
Inspired by the growing 3D printer-driven maker revolution, an engineer has created a working 3D printed AR-15 automatic rifle.
Plug-In Modules Simplify Fieldbus Choices
Blog 
8/15/2012  9 comments
NetJACK makes it easy for equipment designers and users to configure equipment for a specific fieldbus.
PTC Gets Serious About Service
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/14/2012  4 comments
With its latest $220 million acquisition of Servigistics, PTC is building out a service lifecycle management suite that can help manufacturers optimize service operations by leveraging product-related data.
Dell Immerses 3D Technology in Mainstream Mobile Workstations
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/13/2012  9 comments
Continuing its push to bring high-end performance and 3D graphics to mainstream mobile workstations, Dell's next-generation Precision offerings feature NVIDIA's built-in immersive 3D technology.
If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...
Blog 
8/10/2012  19 comments
What advice would you give to a student just starting out in engineering, whether about academics, careers, or just practical living? What do you wish that you had known back in the beginning?
NVIDIA Refuels GPU Architecture for High-Octane Performance
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/10/2012  Post a comment
Powered by its new Kepler architecture, NVIDIA launches its next-generation Maximus workstation platform, which melds professional-quality graphics with massively parallel floating point capabilities, delivering HPC capabilities to the desktop.
SolidThinking Evolves Hybrid Modeling Approach
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/9/2012  Post a comment
With the debate over CAD modeling approaches still front and center, Evolve 9.0 melds parametric and 3D direct modeling capabilities in an upgrade tuned for ease of use and accessibility.
Slideshow: Beyond the Mouse
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/8/2012  23 comments
New input technologies, from 3D mice to haptic devices, bring a new level of freedom, flexibility, and control to working with 3D design tools.
Do You Have a Right to Repair What You Own?
Blog 
8/8/2012  50 comments
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has worked on a "right to repair" ballot initiative for the November 2012 election.
My Opinion On Hacking on the Factory Floor
Blog 
8/7/2012  16 comments
Networks are vulnerable, and security has to be implemented as part of the development process.
Slideshow: Australian Kayak Team Aims for Digital Gold
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/6/2012  12 comments
Propelled by 3D scanners and 3D design software, the Australian Olympic kayak team created custom fitouts for its athletes in its race toward a competitive edge.
3D-Produced Carbon Composites Coming to Cars, Planes
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2012  9 comments
A revolutionary joint development initiative between Stratasys and Oak Ridge National Laboratory aims to develop a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process for making production volumes of carbon fiber composite components entirely out of autoclave.
Product Development Gets Social
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/3/2012  9 comments
Companies are starting to recognize how Web 2.0 social conventions like microblogging, communities, and activity feeds can be applied to product development tools.
Do You Use an Application-Based Title?
Blog 
8/3/2012  5 comments
Should engineers still classify themselves using older nomenclatures, or is that passé?
Tested in Virtual World, Curiosity Rover Preps for Mars Landing
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/2/2012  30 comments
To orchestrate the "Seven Minutes of Terror" landing on Mars, NASA relied on Siemens PLM and CAE tools to design and optimize the Curiosity's complex systems.
Petroski on Engineering: Checking In & Checking Out Design
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2012  11 comments
It is relatively easy to find fault with something that we ourselves have not designed, arranged, or prepared.
3D Systems Enhances Content Creation Play
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/2/2012  13 comments
3D Systems' acquisition of Viztu gives it technology that lets users create 3D content from ordinary digital photos and videos, extending the capabilities of its Cubify.com content creation community.
Dassault Steers PLM Toward Automotive Design Challenges
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/1/2012  3 comments
New "Smart, Safe & Connected" industry-specific solution tackles the development of embedded systems while helping ensure compliance with AUTOSAR and new ISO safety standards.
Nanodevices Self-Assemble Using DNA
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2012  5 comments
Harvard University's Wyss Institute has harnessed DNA to create self-assembling nanodevices such as targeted drug delivery machines.




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