Software company, think3, has partnered with GlobalSpec Inc., an online technical product resource for engineers, to give customers access to supplier and product information from the thinkdesign and thinkteam products. The partners have developed a database of more than 45 million parts from more than 9,500 supplier catalogs, all found under the co-branded website, http://think3.globalspec.com, which automatically transfers parts information from suppliers to think3's bill of materials.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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