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.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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