CoCreate Software, which will shortly release SolidDesigner 2001,
claims that more than 200 enhancements in the new version can speed designers'
work by up to 80%.
One new feature, Rapid Design, reportedly helps design engineers
work directly with native and imported 3D design data, using drag-and-drop
techniques to create, modify, and position 3D models and designs. With the new
capabilities, designers can create new parts and modify existing designs, even
if they come from other CAD systems. For example, a tool called 3-D CoPilot
demonstrates possible interactions for all available modifications, when the
user identifies a face or multiple groups of faces. CoCreate expects this tool
to help designers decrease design time by 40 to 80%, compared to icon- and/or
menu-based interaction techniques.
SolidDesigner 2001 also contains a new "Mold Design Advisor" that
provides a predefined feature library, rules-based advice, and automated core
and cavity creation for plastic part optimization. For more information, visit
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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