You know how things slow to a crawl during the holiday season. Well, here’s something fun to fill any downtime you might encounter.
TraceParts, a digital engineering content company, has launched its first Christmas Tree Model Contest. Through December 31, 2007, engineers are invited to build a Christmas tree using components downloaded from the TraceParts Online CAD library. Three winners will be selected and the best rendered images will be published on TraceParts corporate Web site. The Christmas trees should be designed in 3D using any CAD or picture editing software and should include as many components as possible from the TraceParts OnLine CAD library.
Contestants must send the rendered images of their tree before December 31 to email@example.com. The winners will be announced on January 7, 2008. So what’s the prize? The first place winner gets 1,000 free CAD model files from the TraceParts Online ‘Licensed’ catalog, second place winner gets 600 files and the third place winner is eligible for 200 free files.
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.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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