Two companies with different slants on the 3-D market marked some major milestones this week. 3Dconnexion, the maker of a popular family of 3-D mice, announced it has shipped more than one million 3-D mice for supporting 3-D design tools from such companies as Autodesk, PTC, Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software. To mark its “One Millionth 3-D Mouse Milestone,” 3Dconnexion will offer users a variety of opportunities to win and try out their own 3-D mouse.
Direct modeling software provider SpaceClaim talked up some good news of its own related to 3-D design tools. Touting significant customer wins with Tyco Electronics and LG Electronics, among others, SpaceClaim said it was enjoying a 40% year-over-year increase in new customers in addition to tripling sales in 2010. SpaceClaim CEO Chris Randles attributed its success to more cross-functional engineering teams tapping the tool to develop and test new 3-D product concepts before committing to costly and expensive detailed design in CAD.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
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.
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