Long-time I-DEAS user Ford Motor Company has switched its CAD platform to IBM/Dassault's CATIA. However, EDS, which owns I-DEAS as a result of its purchase of SDRC, disagrees. So what is it?
Apparently, Ford has decided to move to a multi-CAD approach. Not surprising, given that both Ford and SDRC have changed since they got together on I-DEAS several years ago. EDS, developer of Unigraphics CAD software got I-DEAS and Ford took over Volvo and Land Rover, both of which use CATIA. Moreover, EDS' Unigraphics is used extensively at Ford rival General Motors, and many industry insiders expect that Ford would not want to use the same software as a competitor. (Ford had not returned calls as of press time.) But nothing is simple. An EDS press release touted the fact that Ford will upgrade to its NX products. Stay tuned.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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