Dassault Powers up Nuclear Plant Design AllianceDassault and Areva are teaming up to deliver precise 3D digital representations of nuclear plants to expedite maintenance and help utilities retool reactors. Full Story Simulating Mechatronics Systems Behavior Identifying system-level problems early is a top challenge in mechatronic product development, but using simulation software early in the process can help predict systems behavior. Full Story 3Dconnexion Mice Take Turn in Second Life Looking for more agility to navigate the virtual 3D world of Second Life? 3Dconnexion just announced its 3D mouse product line will be supported by the Second Life Grid, the platform behind the popular 3D world, starting mid-month. Full Story Autodesk Extends Inventor LT Preview Autodesk is giving users a reprieve to get free software, extending its technology preview of Inventor LT for another full year. Full Story
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USB Moves Into Industrial ApplicationsNational Instruments | Software A decade ago, the introduction of Ethernet on the factory floor was met with considerable skepticism. Engineers raised questions about its communication reliability, connector performance, and hardware sustainability under harsh industrial environments. Ethernet evolved to overcome these concerns, and engineers are now successfully using it in a variety of industrial applications from mining to offshore drilling. Now, with the explosive growth and adoption of USB in the PC industry, engineers are evaluating the viability of USB in industrial environments.
3D CAD is everywhere — from nuclear power plant design to mechatronics products to projects engineers attempt at home. The need to create and share 3D data and models is moving well beyond the formal product development organization into all facets of home and work. What new ways are you or your company leveraging 3D data? Drop me a line.
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.