Autodesk is taking aim at users who need to communicate with Inventor users, but who can’t justify buying a complete seat of the 3D CAD tool with the introduction of Inventor LT, a limited-capacity version of the mainstream product.
Inventor LT, available only as an English-language version and for download only in the United States and Canada, is targeted at manufacturers in the supply chain who have a need to share 3D design data with customers and partners in mixed environments, Autodesk officials said. These users need to create, edit and share 3D part designs, but don’t necessarily need to build complete, robust 3D prototypes, they said.
Inventor LT contains the same 3D part modeler contained in Inventor plus the ability to create associative 2D drawings and photorealistic renderings of 3D models. There are also tools to facilitate communication, including DWF interoperability with DWG TrueConnect technology.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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