Robert McNeel & Associates, makers of the Rhinoceros freeform modeling tool, and SpaceClaim, which markets 3D CAD software, announced what they call a “roundtrip integration” between their products.
The move is designed to improve the product stylist workflow by giving product stylists seamless data exchange capabilities between their surfacing and design applications. SpaceClaim accomplished this by adding 3DM to SpaceClaim LTX, officials say, which allows users to open Rhino files directly in the SpaceClaim software for creating solid geometry. The 3D solid design can then be sent back to the Rhino file format for precise surface creation by the stylish.
As a result of the Rhino/SpaceClaim LTX integration, users can create free-form surfaces in the context of the product design.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
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.
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