We’ve all been there. Distracted by summer, it’s sometimes hard to get your arms (not to mention, your brain) around your work. Or maybe you’ve been consumed by a vexing design problem that for some reason, you-or any of your fellow engineers-can’t see to resolve.
SpaceClaim, a relative newcomer to the 3-D MCAD scene, has thrown out an interesting proposition, albeit a somewhat transparent way to garner some positive PR this slow summer season. (See, it’s working!) The company is conducting a Direct Modeling Challenge whereby it’s inviting engineers to send in design problems and one winner will be selected to have their particular problem solved using SpaceClaim. Entries need to be submitted by July 15 and the winner’s problem-it could be a CAE/model preparation challenge, a conceptual engineering problem or an industrial design issue-will be tackled using SpaceClaim’s direct modeling capabilities in an online Webinar on July 29. The winner even gets at $250 gift certificate to Amazon. While the exercise might not resolve your engineering problem, it could be a fun Summer distraction.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.