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Content posted in June 2012
3D Printers' Role Fueled by Content Tools
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6/29/2012  26 comments
Along with cheaper, more accessible 3D printers, new content creation tools are helping promote the technology for personal manufacturing.
Design Agility a Key Pain Point
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6/28/2012  4 comments
PTC research reveals that the ability to readily respond to late-stage design changes and struggles surrounding CAD interoperability remain ongoing challenges for engineering organizations.
IBM, NI Plug Systems Engineering Gap
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6/27/2012  6 comments
IBM and National Instruments are building a bridge between their embedded software testing and quality management tools, delivering end-to-end traceability from requirements through system test.
Siemens Takes the Sting Out of Data Management
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6/26/2012  8 comments
Accompanying the debut of Solid Edge ST5, Siemens PLM Software rolls out Insight XT, which leverages Microsoft SharePoint to mitigate some of the complexity associated with design data management.
3D Systems' Custom Prosthetics Ooze Personality
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6/25/2012  9 comments
Via its latest acquisition of Bespoke Innovations, 3D Systems is getting into the medical device business, leveraging its 3D print technology to create personalized prosthetics.
Slideshow: Speedo Redesigns Banned Record-Breaking Swimsuit
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6/21/2012  60 comments
Speedo, in partnership with ANSYS, leveraged multiphysics simulation software to create its Fastskin Racing System, which reduces full-body passive drag by up to 16.6 percent.
Design News Radio Explores Big-Picture Systems Engineering
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6/20/2012  2 comments
Engineering groups are serious about systems-level thinking, but they still struggle with the practice. Tune into Design News Radio to uncover best-practices to take an integrated, systems engineering approach.
Video: Bukobot Advances Open-Source 3D Printing
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6/19/2012  6 comments
The Bukobot open-source 3D printer aims for easier assembly and scalability, offering hobbyists and engineers a low-cost framework for getting started with 3D printing.
Startup Sunglass Shining a Light on 3D Cloud Collaboration
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6/15/2012  6 comments
Billing itself as an alternative to legacy CAD programs, Sunglass has rolled out an open community for collaborating and sharing 3D models in the cloud.
Siemens' Teamcenter 9 Dials Systems Engineering Up a Notch
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6/14/2012  2 comments
With the latest release of its PLM platform, systems engineering definition is now fully integrated into Teamcenter's unified architecture and managed as part of the product record.
Slideshow: History Reborn in 3D
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6/12/2012  8 comments
Beyond modeling the latest car or aircraft carrier, 3D technologies like CAD and printers are helping recreate history, providing an opportunity to go back in time via an immersive, interactive experience.
Video: Making the Leap to 3D Motion Control
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6/8/2012  18 comments
Leap Motion's Leap device promises to bring interactive 3D motion control and gesture interfaces to professional applications like 3D drawing and modeling.
Fujitsu Labs Addresses 3D Parts Reuse
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6/7/2012  9 comments
Promising to accelerate parts model reuse and shorten design time, a Fujitsu research team has developed new global shape retrieval technology that unearths partially similar models from stored 3D CAD models.
Siemens Steps Up Search & 3D Data Sharing
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6/6/2012  6 comments
Siemens PLM Software has released Active Workspace, a visual, interactive environment that complements PLM, helping users easily find and access intelligent 3D product data across systems to aid in better decision making.
ANSYS Takes Aim at Embedded Software
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6/5/2012  5 comments
On the heels of its acquisition of Esterel Technologies, ANSYS steps into the world of systems engineering, rounding out its portfolio with a simulation tool for embedded software.




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