This is quite a feat for a software vendor. Usually there is some ability for a new version to use files from an old version. Being able to continue using the old version (updated) with new files is an advancement. It definitely shows sophistication in design of the software and data structures. It is often not effective to upgrade product versions in the middle of a design project.
I agree. I think Dassault and other CAD vendors have learned this the hard way from customer complaints over the years. This has historically been a big bone of contention, particularly among customers like A&D providers who have very protected development cycles.
MIT students modified a 3D printer to enable it to print more than one object and print on top of existing printed objects. All of this was made possible by modifying a Solidoodle with a height measuring laser.
Siemens released Intosite, a cloud-based, location-aware SaaS app that lets users navigate a virtual production facility in much of the same fashion as traversing through Google Earth. Users can access PLM, IT, and other pertinent information for specific points on a factory floor or at an outdoor location.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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