What to do when you need design tools, but your company is financially strapped? Consider getting CAD software for free. At www.freeCAD.com, visitors can download free programs that, according to the site's sponsor TenLinks Inc., rival some of the costly, big-name CAD programs on the market. While the site currently lacks many options in accessories, CAD services, and Macintosh programs, it does feature about 30 viewers, 30 general-purpose CAD programs, and more than 250 parts and libraries.
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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