Easy Riders: The Teutuls of "American Chopper" fame
brought one of their new designs to the stage at the opening ceremonies of
the recent SolidWorks conference.
Attendees at the recent SolidWorks Users Conference in Orlando got a treat
during the opening session. Toward the end of COO Jeff Ray's remarks, there was
a rumble off stage right that sounded suspiciously like a motorcycle. It was a
motorcycle! Amid the throaty noise and smoke, CEO John McEleney rode onto the
stage on a new red sport bike designed and manufactured by Orange County
Choppers. The crazy-like-foxes Teutuls, the father and sons team that hosts the
hit TV show American Chopper, are new SolidWorks customers, and were there to
announce their customer status and show off the new bike. The crowd roared
approval. During an exchange with McEleney on the ease of use of the company's
FEA package, COSMOSWorks, the senior Teutul said it all boiled down to "blue is
good, red is bad," referring to the color plots on FEA results. Red on the
plots, of course, indicates undue stress.
Also on the stage later in the event: Aerospace and aviation engineering pioneer Burt Rutan, whose SpaceShipOne recently won the Ansari X-Prize. The crowd applauded as he lambasted NASA for not having concentrated on developing civilian flights to space.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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