PTC, long known for high-end CAD systems, has been pushing Pro ENGINEER and its suite of CAD integration products to small and medium size firms for two years through resellers. CEO C. Richard (Dick) makes PTC's case amid stiff competition from low end CAD vendors. PTC, taking a page from Alibre's playbook, is offering a free trial version of Pro/E. DN editor in chief John Dodge is the interviewer.
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What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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