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.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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