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Content posted in December 2011
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.
Top 6 Design Hardware & Software Trends of 2011
News 
12/28/2011  16 comments
While there was no single bang-up technology in CAD and PLM during 2011, the category made huge strides in embracing mainstream capabilities to make the tools more accessible to a broader audience of users.
Light Cure Technology Bonds Adhesives
News 
12/27/2011  7 comments
The Loctite AssureCure System shows that the adhesive has cured fully and reached the desired strength for the application.
Slideshow: LEDs Help Ring In the Holidays
News 
12/22/2011  23 comments
Low cost and high brightness are a good combination for the holidays, and LED cost has dropped just far enough to enable holiday celebrants to invest in them.
Ford Turns Recycled Bottles Into Car Seats
News 
12/21/2011  29 comments
Plastic bottles and post-industrial waste turn into seat fabric for Ford's Focus EV.
Thermoplastic Resin Has Glass-Like Qualities
News 
12/20/2011  20 comments
New thermoplastic has all the best characteristics of thermosetting resins, except it can be reshaped at high temperatures, like glass.
Machine Vision Searches for Interface Standard
News 
12/19/2011  16 comments
The USB3 Vision standard, based on the widely available USB 3.0 bus, will become available next year for building vision systems with lots of different hardware.
ANSYS 14.0 Primed for Multidisciplinary Engineering
News 
12/19/2011  10 comments
The latest release of the ANSYS multiphysics simulation suite is packed with enhancements designed to help engineering organizations take on the challenge of complex, multidisciplinary product design.
Adhesives May Predict Structural Failures in Planes
News 
12/16/2011  15 comments
A new class of adhesives in R&D may help predict structural failure of aircraft composites.
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.
Choosing the Right Gasket
News 
12/15/2011  3 comments
Selecting the most appropriate gasket material requires defining the primary function of the gasket.
Additive Techniques Come to Low-Volume Manufacturing
News 
12/14/2011  16 comments
New materials are speeding 3D prototyping and short production runs.
3D Modeling & Printing for 'Personal Manufacturing'
News 
12/14/2011  12 comments
New additions to Autodesk's 123D family bring the power of 3D modeling and 3D printing to average consumers as part of an effort to empower non-engineers to create things on their own.
Choosing the Right Bearing
News 
12/13/2011  4 comments
A bearing's design and capabilities come into play when deciding if it will be suitable for an application.
3D Printing Gets Low-Cost Lease Option
Product News 
12/13/2011  6 comments
Stratasys becomes first company to offer monthly leasing of professional 3D printer, software, and supplies bundle.
Case Study: Tiny Wireless Heart Monitor
Product News 
12/12/2011  15 comments
An inexpensive, ANT-powered ECG patch promises to take the pressure off hospital intensive care units by predicting relapses.
3D Engineering Material Enables Thermal Functional Testing
Product News 
12/9/2011  7 comments
Objet has introduced a high-temperature engineering material for the thermal functional testing of 3D printed parts and prototypes.
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.
Top 12 Hot Design Technologies for 2012
News 
12/8/2011  25 comments
Design News's pick of the top 12 technologies to watch in 2012, in automation, energy, sensors, communications, LED, and smart grid.
Freescale Dev Board Targets Medical Product Design
Product News 
12/8/2011  11 comments
A group of hardware and software providers is teaming up to produce technologies that will make it simpler and cheaper for consumers to maintain their own health.
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.
Study: Robotics Creates, Not Eliminates, Jobs
News 
12/8/2011  39 comments
While robots are eliminating repetitive factory jobs, the robotics industry is creating new technical jobs.
Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks Hit the Road
News 
12/7/2011  14 comments
Building on its successes in garbage trucks and parcel vehicles, hybrid hydraulic technology looks to lighter vehicles such as the Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
Top 5 Materials Trends of 2011
News 
12/5/2011  11 comments
The five most important materials trends of this past year enable volume manufacturing.
Chevy Volt Battery Fires: Experts Say Engineers Managing Risks Properly
News 
12/2/2011  32 comments
Chevy Volts and all the other vehicles that use lithium-ion batteries are safe, because they've been engineered to handle the problems inherent in those chemistries.
Aerospace Companies Boost Reach With Composite Buys
News 
12/1/2011  5 comments
Is a wave of aerospace component manufacturers buying composite makers about to break? Two acquisitions in the last month and one earlier in the year may portend a trend.
PTC Spins Out Windchill Service & Quality Modules
Product News 
12/1/2011  15 comments
As promised, PTC is delivering enhanced modules that expand the footprint of its Windchill 10.0 PLM release in critical areas like service and quality management.




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