These days, every penny counts, especially when you’re looking for design tools that can help with projects that are outside of your professional engineering role or are perhaps part of a startup endeavor where budgets are extremely tight. CAD Schroer Group, a global engineering solutions provider, just added a new service to accompany its free personal 2D/3D CAD software that gets around restrictions that had previously prevented commercial use.
The new eSERVICES platform for MEDUSA4 Personal 2D/3D CAD software is a new online service which automatically converts drawings into PDF or DXF files, removing restrictive watermarks and granting license for commercial use. The service was put together at the request of users, company officials said, who were looking for a reasonably-priced way to leverage the free tool for moderate commercial use. Users can pay a small fee each time they want to use a drawing for commercial use, which still keeps the software priced in reach of users like students or engineering startups. Officials say they’re planning other services that will address this emerging need amongst the community of MEDUSA4 Personal users.
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.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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