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.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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