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.
We looked at a number of sources to determine this year's greenest cars, from KBB to automotive trade magazines to environmental organizations. These 14 cars emerged as being great at either stretching fuel or reducing carbon footprint.
Healthcare might seem to be an unlikely target application for the Internet of Things technology, but recent developments show small ways that big-data is going to make an impact on patient care moving into the future.
As energy efficiency becomes more and more a concern for makers of electronics devices, researchers are coming up with new ways to harvest energy from sound vibration, footsteps, and even electromagnetic fields in the air.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is