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.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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