Delcam has added a new level to its PS-Moldmaker drawings—3D. The highly automated system allows designers to take their traditional 2D drawing skills and apply them to drawings in 3D. PS-Moldmaker is integrated with powerSHAPE hybrid modeling program. Using these two programs together enables the user to produce non-standard components or mechanisms. It also allows companies to eliminate 2D models and instead develop an entire mold in 3D by one team. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-512.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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