Did you know that table saws are responsible for 60,000 accidents every year—or one accident every nine minutes? The most common occurrence, naturally, has to do with severe injuries to the fingers, resulting in nearly $2 billion in injury-related costs annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Steve Gass, a lifelong woodworker with a doctorate in physics, recognized the need for a safer saw. He founded SawStop, which created a saw design that automatically retracts a blade when it touches a finger, eliminating many of those serious injuries. The saw runs with a small electrical current on the blade and when the blade touches a finger, the current drops and engages a brake—a process that happens in only three milliseconds.
Pretty amazing design, yet a fairly standard design process. To make sure the table saw performed as expected and could stand up to constant use, SawStop turned to a simple 3D CAD combination: SolidWorks 3D CAD software and its COSMOSXpress and COSMOSWorks Designer analysis software.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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