As complex products move from initial concept to first prototype and beyond,
there are a number of people who could benefit from easy access to design data.
Such access would speed the creation of drawings and renderings while also
reducing the potential for errors.
CadSoft Solutions Inc. of Pewaukee, WI, has devised a program that lets what
it calls “casual users” work with design data. “There are a lot of people like
technical illustrators and model builders who need to use this data, but they
don’t want to learn CAD software. This lets them read in Catia data and use it
for illustrations,” says timothy Olson, president of CadSoft.
These casual users typically find that access to design data done with
programs such as Catia can save them significant amounts of time. The CadSoft
tools are designed to augment traditional modeling tools, since they use
software icons and techniques geared to non-engineers instead of designers who
use CAD tools. “Our focus is not on functionality but on usability. We want the
casual user to be able to create models of interest without learning techniques
they will only use a few times,” Olson says. The software takes advantage of
modeling techniques that have emerged in recent years, linking them to simple
user interfaces. Olson notes that time savings can be several hours for a
drawing that would take a full day if illustrators used CAD software.
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
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