Score another interesting piece of technology made available to design tool tire-kickers on the Autodesk Labs Web site. A preview version of the Inventor 3-D CAD tool showcases the Inventor Plastic Features Technology, new capabilities designed to simplify the design of plastic products. The technology, designed to work in conjunction with Autodesk’s Moldflow injection molding simulation products and PlassoTech finite element analysis tool set acquired by Autodesk last year, allows designers and engineers to automatically create thin-walled plastic parts and features such as grills, rests, bosses, snaps, lips, grooves and fillets. Autodesk officials say the addition of the technology is key given the widespread use of plastics as an engineering material. You can check out the preview for free for a limited time on the Autodesk Labs Web site.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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