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Content posted in December 2010
TelePresence in Manufacturing
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12/29/2010  2 comments
IP-based video conferencing provides effective tools for remote collaboration.
New Robotic Arm Mimics Elephant's Trunk
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12/29/2010  Post a comment
Fluid mechanical movement of lightweight components is enabled through use of additive manufacturing.
SpaceClaim Direct Modeler Updated to Support ANSYS 13.0
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12/28/2010  Post a comment
Enhanced features promote simulation-driven design for analysts not looking to become experts in 3-D CAD.
Bugs Produce Plastics from Waste
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12/23/2010  Post a comment
A Swedish company is commissioning two new plants in final tests to prove commercial potential of new technology.
Chevy Volt Uses Oil Spill Plastics
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The Enduraprene process cross links shredded boom with rubber from old tires to make air deflectors.
New System for Machine Tool Cooling Lubricant Supply
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12/21/2010  Post a comment
Modular system uses existing hydraulics to reduce energy usage by up to 88 percent.
Siemens Targets Electric Car Business
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12/20/2010  2 comments
With the launch of its Inside Electric Cars division, Siemens is positioning itself as a global provider of an entire range of technologies for electric car designers and manufacturers.
Additive Manufacturing Technology Expands
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Objet, EOS, Z Corp. and 3D Systems introduce new technology at Euromold
Lighter, Quicker Robots Add Flexibility
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12/15/2010  Post a comment
Fourth-generation robots use new design to increase productivity for arc welding, material handling, machine tending and process applications
GM-IBM Collaboration Cuts Development Time of Chevy Volt
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12/14/2010  Post a comment
Use of IBM hardware and software enabled GM to manage its round-the-clock worldwide design effort.
Abaqus 6.10-EF Accelerates Exploration Of Real-World Product Performance
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12/13/2010  1 comment
FEA update touts customer-requested enhancements around modeling, visualization, mechanics and performance.
Saving energy with ABB drives
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12/9/2010  Post a comment
Processes driven by electric motors consume vast quantities of electricity and even small improvements can lead to dramatic savings. The installed base of ABB drives, which control the power consumed by electric motors, saves an equivalent of 180 million tons of CO2 each year.
Ford Accelerates Recycled Content Program
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The redesigned Focus uses cotton from recycled clothing for sound absorption in ramped-up sustainability strategy.
Composites Cut Weight on Backcountry Aircraft
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12/8/2010  Post a comment
Direct long-fiber composites are used in hatch covers on the new amphibious model of the Quest Kodiak.
Introducing Design Decisions
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12/8/2010  Post a comment
This editorial platform will be open to anyone - industry supplier or practicing engineer - to point out the highlights in making one type of design decision over another.
TV Screens May Be Produced on Plastic Rolls
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12/7/2010  Post a comment
Electroactive polymers combine with new manufacturing approaches to revolutionize electronic devices
PLM and Mechatronics
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12/6/2010  Post a comment
Product lifecycle management enables the mechatronic design philosophy.
Haptic Actuators Energize Video Games
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12/3/2010  Post a comment
Electroactive polymers used in game controllers provide sensations simulating on-screen action
X-Gateway Uses Dual Port Ethernet
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12/2/2010  Post a comment
New Anybus X-gateway uses dual port Ethernet to connect CANopen networks with 10 other fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks
Concept Shoe Emphasizes ‘Green' Materials
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12/2/2010  Post a comment
Safety shoe prototype uses bioplastics and water-based adhesives
Development Kit Analysis: Kit Takes Wi-Fi Halfway
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12/1/2010  Post a comment
Engineers interested in adding Wi-Fi capabilities to a design need this kit.
SensAble Loads FreeForm version 11 With Advanced Design Tools
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12/1/2010  Post a comment
Upgrade keys in on challenges related to design for manufacturability
ABB to Acquire Baldor Electric
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12/1/2010  Post a comment
Combination of ABB and Baldor will be a global leader in industrial motion control




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