Remember the old Tide challenge? You know, the one where moms put the popular laundry detergent to the test to take on grass stains, ground-in ketchup and whatever other messes their dirty offspring could muster.
CAD users, get ready for a similar challenge. CAD newcomer SpaceClaim Corp. is inviting mechanical engineers and designers to test out their toughest 3D CAD modification problems on the new SpaceClaim Professional 2007+ in a worldwide contest launched this week.
One of SpaceClaim’s claims to fame is its ability to import 3D CAD and neutral file formats and modify the geometry no matter how it was constructed. That’s no easy task, the officials contend, since engineers typically struggle with modifying 3D CAD models due to the interoperability differences between file formats. Neutral file formats like IGES and STEP and other translators only exchange geometry; they don’t make modifications, officials say.
Engineers participating in the SpaceClaim 3D CAD Modification Challenge get to try out SpaceClaim Professional 2007+ for free and to learn from peers who participate. They will also be eligible to win prizes, beginning in January, which include a copy of the software for a one-year license. The grand prize winner will receive an HP Compaq 6820s Notebook PC installed with a one-year license of SpaceClaim. What does SpaceClaim get out of the deal? They’re hoping to receive valuable input that will help shape future versions of the software.
Entrants will be judged on the degree of difficulty of the design modifications, the complexity of the model, the credibility of the modifications and the use case and the “entertainment factor.”
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.