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."
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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