Want to do something nice for a fellow engineer? Check out Alibre’s “Buy One-Give One” program. If you buy a full license of Alibre Design CAD software, the company will pony up a second copy of the same license level to a lucky recipient of your choice. According to an Alibre press release, “the recipient can be an associate, a subcontractor or supplier, a co-worker or a deserving engineer of the customer’s choice.” The one stipulation: That the recipient be in the same country as the purchaser.
Alibre says it’s borrowing a page from other “buy one, give one” programs, including the One Laptop Per Child or . To help launch its initiative, Alibre will contribute 101 licenses of Alibre Design Standard (which normally sells for $999) and ask current customers to nominate deserving individuals.
Alibre officials say they’re launching the program to help engineers and designers that might not be able to afford a professional 3-D CAD license due unemployment or other reasons. “Alibre is enabling customers to make a contribution to others in need so that they can develop and use their 3D design skills to positively impact their careers, employment and the economies in which they live,” said J. Paul Grayson, Alibre’s CEO, in a press release.
Separately, Alibre announced Alibre Translate, a new product which adds an extensive set of import and export filters to Alibre Design, including SolidWorks Export, Pro/Engineer Import, Inventor, Parasolid Import, Parasolid Export, Solid Edge Import and CATIA V5 Import.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.