Altair Engineering (www.altair.com) and Ansoft Corporation (www.ansoft.com) have announced that the former's HarnessLink® wiring harness and system-design tools will be integrated with the latter's SIMPLORER® simulation software. The companies say that coupling will give automotive, aerospace, and marine manufacturers a complete design environment for electrical distribution systems. Among the promised benefits: shorter simulation time and earlier detection of problems. HarnessLink manages product options and harness variables. SIMPLORER analyzes electrical performance, heating of wires, and overall system analysis.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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