Engineers tasked with doing complicated fluids analysis in mechanical and electromechanical design will have one less software vendor to choose from—but the same number of software products.
Pittsburgh-based finite-element analysis developer ANSYS is buying CFX, a developer of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The latter's product, called CFX 5, is a mainstay of engineers in automotive, aerospace, biomedical, and power-generation applications. ANSYS already had previously purchased ICEM CFD Engineering. ANSYS President James Cashman III says that the company will develop and market CFX and ICEM CFD independently. They compliment each other, he adds.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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