Autodesk is looking to do its part to encourage innovation in the area of clean technology. The design tool company has established the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, which awards “seed” grants of Autodesk software bundles, valued at up to $150,000, to early-stage companies designing clean technologies that solve today’s pressing environmental problems. Recipients of the grant will receive Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Showcase Professional, Autodesk Vault Manufacturing, Autodesk Navisworks Manage, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Autodesk Alias Design. Each grant includes up to five full commercial licenses for each application.
Already, 13 startups have received similar packages from Autodesk, which is undoubtedly looking to play up its role as a provider of tools tuned for sustainable design. The winners of the new grant include Syncromatics, which leverages green technology to create customized solutions for transit agencies, and Serious Materials, which develops advanced green building supplies. Autodesk is aiming to award clean tech software grants to 100 companies by the end of January 2010.
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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