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.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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