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.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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