If Autodesk’s Inventor 2010 release has piqued your interest and you’re looking for a fast and convenient way to navigate through all its bells and whistles, here’s a suggestion. The firm has loaded up a library of videos on YouTube to give Inventor users (as well as non-users) a taste of what’s available in the new release.
Currently, 13 videos showcase demos, tutorials and tips and tricks info on new Inventor capabilities like Moldflow integration, AEC Exchange and advanced simulation functions. Want to know more about the software’s cable and harness design capabilities? There’s a YouTube video that illustrates how Inventor maintains electrical design intent and reduces errors by importing wire lists directly from AutoCAD Electrical. Similarly, another video delves into the new sheet metal capabilities of the 3-D CAD software upgrade, including its flat pattern editing environment, dedicated sheet metal commands for making folds, hinges and flanges and its ability to define sheet metal punch libraries to reduce CNC milling costs.
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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