Score another win for the guys at SpaceClaim. The company this week announced another OEM contract with C&R Technologies (CRTech), a maker of software for heat transfer analysis and fluid flow design. CRTech will now integrate SpaceClaim 3-D software into its CRTech family of products, positioning it as a tool to help prepare 3-D models for simulation.
The problem CRTech is addressing with the SpaceClaim deal is that 3-D CAD geometries and models are often too detailed for simulation, causing problems for thermal/fluid engineers who are not versed enough in CAD technology to make it work. CRTech SpaceClaim addresses these issues by allowing users to import CAD parts and assemblies from any CAD format, then simplifying the geometry so it can be sent on to the fluid flow tool for meshing. CRTech SpaceClaim will also allow engineers to modify geometries easily in the event of design changes. CRTech SpaceClaim is fully compatible with C&R Technologies’ Thermal Desktop and Thermal Workshop.
SpaceClaim has gained a lot of traction with its positioning as a model preparation tool for CAE and manufacturing. The company has a similar, more prominent relationship with ANSYS, announced in 2009, in addition to an OEM partnership with Flow International Corp., a provider of ultra high-pressure waterjet technology for cutting and cleaning.
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.