Following in the footsteps of its CAD brethren, Autodesk Inc. is beefing up its story around visualization capabilities—the idea being to drive mass adoption of 3D as a means to share key product and prototype information.
Autodesk completed the acquisition of Opticore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Design Communication, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Opticore offers high-end, real-time visualization software that leaders in the automotive industry, including BMW and Ford, others many others, have been using to illustrate their design intent without having to build costly prototypes. Opticore rounds out Autodesk’s visualization offering with a higher end focus, accompanying its existing Showcase tool, which helps industrial designers easily create a representation of their works-in-progress that can be used for presentations and design reviews with non-engineers and CAD specialists.
Autodesk officials said they will continue to invest in the development and support of the Opticore technology.
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.