Alibre has raised the stakes in its challenge to engineers to find designs they can't create in Alibre Design 6.0—from $500 to $1,000. The challenge first went out in March as part of the company's marketing program. Alibre wanted to get across the idea that its CAD software, priced at $695, can do most anything higher-priced software can do. Despite entries from several engineers, only Design Consultant Ron Routledge won the challenge. And he bought the software anyway.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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