Weir Pumps claims it's going to cut design time in half by using CAD. The company is standardizing on SolidWorks, says Nick Muntz, engineering director. "It's helped us identify and rectify potential design problems before we get to the manufacturing stage," he says. The pumps are found worldwide in applications such as wastewater treatment plants, power plants, and on oil platforms. The software will help the teams collaborate.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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