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.
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!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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