SolidWorks Corporation is out with a new version of its eDrawings email collaboration tool that allows users to drag-and-drop drawings into Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents with all of the drawings’ pan/zoom/rotate/animate features preserved. It was possible to do that before, says Aaron Kelly, SolidWorks’ director of product management, but it was nowhere near as easy as it is now, and what’s more, those who receive the documents don’t have to download software to view them because that software is embedded in the file.
Another big deal in addition to the drag-and-drop enhancement is support for AutoCAD 3D files and AutoCAD layers, including selective activation of layers in a drawing set. Previous versions supported 2D files but did not support layers. The new version also supports AutoCAD 2007, and Google SketchUp.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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