CAD vendor Autodesk Inc. has partnered with a couple of well-known engineering information providers as part its plan to connect the 3D design process with supplier information and procurement activities.
Autodesk is teaming up with GlobalSpec Inc. to include on-demand access to GlobalSpec’s online product and information services directly from Autodesk Design Review 2008, its free DWF viewing and markup tool for sharing and collaborating on designs with team members who don’t use and aren’t trained in CAD software such as Inventor.
Extended team members such as purchasing agents or quality engineers can launch an Internet search of GlobalSpec content from within Autodesk Design Review 2008, allowing them to leverage the Inventor CAD data captured by the DWF technology to locate suppliers and research parts without leaving the design itself, officials said. GlobalSpec offers domain expert search engine technology as well as a broad selection of Web-based content and 55 product-centric e-newsletters to help engineering team members locate products and services and learn about suppliers. The company’s search technology allows users to search by specification more than 166 million parts in 2.1 million product families from more than 21,000 supplier catalogs.
Late last year, Autodesk announced a similar relationship with ThomasNet, an online venue used by industrial buyers to find and research suppliers.
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.