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Content posted in February 1999
The hole story about 3D
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Engineers designing armored personnel vehicles are using 3D solid modeling to help avoid gaps, holes, and other tolerance problems
Software beefs up tractor radiator guard mount
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3D CAD, rapid prototyping, and investment casting cut development time
Olympic Training
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Engineers are racing to design and build all-electric trains for the next Olympics. With only 19 months to go, they
Linear motor shootout
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Technology is beginning to hit its stride in the linear motor/drive field
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In Brief- Fluid Power
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Clock
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Security server
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Man moves 30,000 packages in 4 hours
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Fully automated parcel distribution depends on the proper selection of sensors, drives, and system control
The rubber band of materials
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Check out these threee problem/solution testimonials
Vertical stand
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Strikes to spare
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Using a combination of hydraulics, pneumatics, and sensors, the Throbot automated bowling ball tester helps determine which balls will strike gold--and which are headed for the gutter
PDM: Out-of-the-Box or Enterprise-Wide
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Here, two companies who chose PDM software packages positioned at opposite ends of the spectrum describe why the software choice they made works best for their application.
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Invisible computers, visibile profits
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Listening to its customers got RadiSys started-- and now keeps it going-- in the embedded PC business
Very-high-speed machining gets a boost
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Shorter transmission times and higher accuracy make NURBS a choice architecture for machining applications.
Ultrasonic modules
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