Most of us spend 40+ hours a week in them, but how about checking out the Internet for the Cubicle (www.thecubicle.com )? Created by engineers and techies, theCubicle considers itself a web-based discovery for the global electronics engineering community. It has a continuously updated repository of component information, reference designs, white papers, and some pretty nifty design discovery tools. Currently available is CircuitNet™which has a drawing board, a design audit function, and a side-by-side comparison of vendor products, as well as access to distributors, RFPs, and online forms for access to advanced product information. Recently added to the site is a series of articles on bringing a technology product to market including "Building a business to help engineers," and "Product Development." And for your enjoyment the site features a series of weekly cartoons called "The Capers," pitting engineers against marketing and finance types. There are also several different sections of engineering jokes.
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.