Update: Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars
News 8/6/2012 14 comments Curiosity carries 10 science instruments. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, including a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance.
Stratasys Gets Mojo With Sub-$10K Printer
Product News 5/23/2012 11 comments With its QuickPack print engine technology, easy-to-use preprocessing software, and hands-free cleaning system, Stratasys' Mojo is taking professional-grade 3D printing to a new level.
Robots Star in 3D Systems' Consumer Push
News 5/1/2012 29 comments With its latest acquisition of My Robot Nation, 3D Systems is adding to its portfolio of consumer-oriented 3D printing technology, which includes the Cubify.com content site and the Cube personal 3D printer.
CAD Primed for Plastic Parts Design
News 4/11/2012 12 comments Recognizing their growing and more sophisticated use, SolidWorks and Autodesk have rounded out their portfolios with tools aimed at optimizing the design and manufacturing of plastic parts.
3D-Printed Jaw Used in Transplant
News 2/27/2012 38 comments A recent jaw transplant using a patient-specific prosthesis created with additive manufacturing techniques showcases the potential of 3D printing for advanced medical applications.
Amphibious Craft Navigates FEA Waters
News 2/15/2012 6 comments FEA analysis helped optimize the articulation arm at the core of the ARKTOS amphibious craft, which gives it the mobility to seamlessly navigate between extreme environments.
PartMaker Brings CAD to CNC
News 2/3/2012 4 comments Branching out from its CAM software roots, PartMaker is adding a 3D CAD modeling component to its PartMaker portfolio, acknowledging that machinists need better tools for working with 3D models.
Crowdsourcing Creates CAD Groundswell
News 1/12/2012 11 comments While crowdsourcing has the potential to boost innovation, manufacturers have been slow to embrace the strategy, put off by quality concerns and engineers' reticence to participate in an open development forum.
CAD Resurgence Fueled by Technology
News 12/29/2011 13 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.
Retooling for Compliance
News 11/10/2011 5 comments Manufacturers are turning to PLM platforms and new supplier management processes to keep pace with the shifting compliance landscape and the need to manage more granular data.
Autodesk Cloud Makes Its Official Debut
News 10/7/2011 5 comments After a variety of experimental offerings, Autodesk took the wraps off Autodesk Cloud, a collection of a dozen Web services designed to deliver more flexibility for sharing, viewing, and collaborating on designs.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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