If you’re familiar with Siemens PLM Software’s Synchronous Technology, you’ve heard a lot of talk about how it melds many of the ease-of-use and flexibility benefits of history-free modeling into what’s traditionally viewed as a history-based CAD product. But what about how Synchronous Technology, which is now at the heart of both NX and Solid Edge, can be deployed on history-based models? Siemens PLM Software has a video tutorial that shows how the technology comes into play to easily edit models with history.In the video example, an engineer needs to change an eight-year-old fully parametric part and its associated drawings. The task described has to do with modifying a pocket while trying to maintain the history tree–a task that apparently is not as easy as it sounds. Because the original designer didn’t anticipate such a change, there are features in the model’s history that cause interference. The video tip shows you how to use Synchronous Technology to make the change, while keeping the model’s history intact.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
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.
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