CAD giant Structural Dynamics Research Corp. (SDRC, Cincinnati, OH) and computer-aided production engineering (CAPE) software developer Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. (Herzliya, Israel) formed a strategic alliance to integrate design and production engineering environments. Tecnomatix develops automation software for digital factories (see news, page 62). Because interoperability is what users are demanding, Tecnomatix and SDRC plan to jointly develop and market solutions in the areas of digital factory, digital mock-up, and quality management, expanding the interoperability between the two products. "Moving forward, SDRC will work with Tecnomatix on programs focusing on integration of product information and data management," said Bill Weyand, chairman, CEO, and president of SDRC. "This joint effort between SDRC and Tecnomatix demonstrates both companies' dedication to enabling and implementing end-to-end digital manufacturing solutions," said Bruce Jenkins, vice president, Daratech Inc. (Cambridge, MA). "The offerings that result from this cooperation should be given serious consideration by manufacturing concerns seeking to compress time-to-market through new levels of concurrency and collaboration between design engineering and production engineering."
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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