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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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