|Friday, September 8, 2000Mount Prospect, IL--The mail box here at Design
News is often like a toy box with lots of goodies for engineers. Just
in today is news of an online rapid prototyping system for flat flexible
cables (FFCs) from Axon' Cable.
While rapid prototyping of mechanical parts is common,
incorporation of cabling into a design is often an afterthought. Axon' is
now offering a solution on its website (http://www.axon-cable.com) for
incorporating FFCs into a design sooner.
Here's how it works. An engineer goes to the site and
chooses the FFC-CAD tool on the home page. The software asks for
characteristics needed and offers help in formulating answers. At the end
of the questioning, a reference design is generated along with a
specification the designer can print out. The engineer can also download
the FFC design in an AutoCAD format.
Finally the site offers searching and ordering for
applicable, in stock cables. Axon' has used the system in house and is
making it available for worldwide customers.
As an incentive to use the site, the company is running a
contest, until December, with a computer as the prize.