This new software allows 3D factory structure and equipment design, working with installed versions of AutoCAD 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The update comes enhanced with three software modules that cover all of Rexroth's assembly products. The MASsoft module offers wall and ceiling profiles and connectors and new lean roller section components for easier manufacturing workstation layouts. The MGEsoft module offers enhanced CAD support of aluminum framing with improved Special Finish functionality, a new and improved "look and feel" interface and an automated 3D export functionality. The latter is for third-party, 3D software users to save FMSsoft modules in .sat format, and open them as 3D solids. The third module, TSsoft, adds to the TS4plus conveyor products with new positioning units like leg site, plus easy-to-use macros that draw entire conveyor systems using user-specified parameters. TSsoft also has pallets and leg sets for VarioFlow and TS1 conveyors, plus carousel drives, locate units, pallet transfer kits, pallet divert modules and pallet merge kits for VarioVlow. Users can get immediate pricing and ordering for FMSsoft-generated aluminum framing parts lists through a built-in Web link. The software, free for download for Rexroth customers, includes bending and load analysis tools, ergonomics analysis functions for workstations designed with the software and human models from the fifth percentile female worker to the 95th percentile male.
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.
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.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
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.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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