A new 3D solid modeling standard has been set at the request of Industry and the U.S. Government. ASME Y14.41, an extension of ASME Y14.5M, serves as a guide for CAD software packages to develop modeling and annotation practices. The standard comes in two forms: model only, and model and drawing in digital format. Among the developers of the standard are individuals from GM, Raytheon, EDS PLM Solutions, Ford, Lockheed Martin, and Purdue University. Check out www.asme.org/codes/pr/y1441.html.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.