AutoCAD users looking exchange ideas, confer with experts, even provide feedback to product developers should check out this new user portal from Autodesk. The AutoCAD Exchange community, which just launched, is being touted as an online community stocked with elearning tools, aggregated CAD information from Web resources, even input from fellow AutoCAD users around the globe.
The portal lets visitors create profiles to personalize their experience as well as encourages users to share tips, scripts, applications and stories about their projects and experiences with other AutoCAD users. Here’s the AutoCAD Exchange lineup as it stands now:
A tips section, which lays out tips and tricks from technical experts working on AutoCAD products, along with video demonstrations. This section also provides input from industry experts, including a video series from Robert Green on best practices for managing and enforcing CAD standards.
A collaborative area where users can upload their work and solicit instant feedback from their peers.
CAD resources, including eLearning curriculum and Autodesk University courses along with a Google-based search capability designed to make it easy to find information from Autodesk and others on the Web.
A daily blog feed providing the latest in CAD news along with the latest posts from bloggers like Shaan Hurley and Lynn Allen.
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.