CAD Resurgence Fueled by Technology
News 12/29/2011 14 comments 2012 could prove to be a banner year for CAD as the tools are redefined by emerging technologies like cloud computing and mobile apps, according to Jon Peddie Research's 2012 Worldwide CAD Market Report.
LED Thermal Characterization Gets Easier
News 12/15/2011 11 comments A new method combines hardware measurement and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software in a way that enables engineers to predict the heat inside an LED, as well as in the systems and subsystems that surround it.
aPriori Adds Costing Tool to CAD
News 12/9/2011 5 comments The aPriori costing engine determines the cost of a part or product directly from a CAD model, based on the materials to be used and the factory that will produce it.
Software Convergence Upends Automation & Control
News 12/8/2011 3 comments We've integrated motion, robotics, logic, and HMI. What's next is integrating safety, OEE, energy monitoring, interactive training, and more through powerful, unified platforms combining RTOS and Windows environments.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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