Solid Edge version 10 is the latest CAD release from UGS, tailored to designers of machinery, electromechanical products, and automotive/aerospace tooling and fixtures. New features include: family and alternate-position assemblies; drawing view tracker; color options for part/feature/assembly; translator enhancements (a built-in Parasolid to ACIS bi-directional translator); surfacing; pipe threading; and a collaborative Web portal called Edge eXchange.
IronCAD version 4.2 supports 3D modeling and 2D drawing and now has the ability to directly import IGES wireframe data for use as reference geometry. Other improvements include a new 3D functionality for sweeping and advanced curve creation and a 10x performance improvement to create drawing views from large assemblies.
SDRC's I-DEAS Freeform is a free-form modeling tool designed to link the physical and virtual worlds of complex design, manufacturing, and inspection. It extends I-DEAS' open part modeling process, direct surface manipulation, and real-time feedback. Freeform components include: modeler (for free-form product design), inspection (for CAD-to-part or CAD-to-tool comparison), and Freeform Light (reverse engineering, modification, and design intent).
CATIA Version 5 Release 6 (V5R6), from IBM and Dassault, is designed to achieve process automation, product creation, and PLM. Its knowledge-driven approach enables functionality such as: determining man-machine interaction, designing for manufacture, validating the manufacturing process, and streamlining design modification. And new human modeling capabilities allow users to insert human mannequins into a design for ergonomic analysis.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.