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.
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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