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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.