Here’s a freebie for PTC users looking a taste of finite element analysis (FEA). Algor has released Algor DesignCheck, a first-pass, integrated simulation tool for Pro/Engineer users. Algor DesignCheck is a free, time-limited FEA package that lets engineers perform linear static stress analysis of single-part CAD models. The package’s FEMPRO user interface offers direct CAD/CAE data exchange and full associativity with most CAD solid modelers. Simulation capabilities include linear dynamics, fatigue, CFD, electrostatis, full multiphysics and piping. If Pro/Engineer like what they see, there’s an upgrade path to convert the free Algor license into one that supports full assemblies.
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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