Score one for Dassault’s SIMULIA division. The Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) tool has been tapped by PC giant Lenovo (Think the former IBM ThinkPad line) to establish a simulation center within Lenovo’s Design Center for PC and portable electronics products. The new center will tap the Abaqus tools to evaluate realistic product performance throughout the various phases of the design stage, officials say.
Specifically, Lenovo will employ Abaqus to simulate dynamic impact, heat transfer, vibration, fatigue and other realistic performance characteristics of its products. The analysis enables Lenovo design engineers to determine what parts to modify and where to add damping materials in order to make PCs quieter, for example, as well as to do virtual drop testing of cell phones in order to make them more durable.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
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