Are you a SolidWorks user who often (or occasionally) struggles with how to view the parts you want to see in the graphics area? SolidWorks has a nice selection of one-minute tips, which they illustrate in online clips so you can really follow the instructor’s lead. This one shows you how to get more control over what you choose to see. The tip highlights two key functions. The first is how to search inside the feature manager tree to find what you want, by adding tags and keywords, which enables you to search to find a specific part you want to view. The second capability helps isolate parts in a specific area by drawing a box around the site, highlighting it and clicking with the right mouse button to drill down into a certain segment that otherwise might have been hard to pin down.
Check it out and see if makes a difference in how you view parts.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.