PTC is borrowing concepts from the 2-D world to simplify its CoCreate explicit modeling tool with a new release aimed at boosting design engineers’ productivity.
CoCreate 17.0, which will ship in the second quarter, delivers context-sensitive mini toolbars, real-time explicit modeling and rendering features and new interaction paradigms and tools-the goal being to minimize the need for a traditional user interface. The real-time explicit modeling features, for example, allow engineers to create and modify 3-D models easier, displaying results instantly as changes are made. In addition, the real-time rendering functionality depicts all elements of an emerging 3-D design, including materials, realistic shadows and a mirror plane.
Together, the new usability features accelerate design productivity by up to 2x, according to PTC officials. They claim the release allows for a 40% reduction in time spent creating 2-D profiles, enables the modification of models up to 2x faster and cuts back the time spent creating and modifying advanced 3-D patterns by 60%. The upgrade also pushes the envelope with CAD interoperability, allowing for the high-quality import of Pro/ENGINEER parts and assemblies in addition to high-quality GRANITE-based export of parts and assemblies from the CoCreate modeler.
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.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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