IBM and Dassault Systemes have enhanced CATIA-CADAM, adding new features that should be of interest to engineers in automotive, aerospace, and consumer goods industries. Among the enhancements are shape-modeling capabilities, which, the company says, will make it easier to incorporate junctions and cutouts into complex shapes. Here are the highlights: 1)Body in white templates, which makes use of a predefined library of cross-sectional shapes for the design of complex thin parts, such as automobile inner body panels; 2)Generative aerospace sheet metal design, for folded and flattened parts. It facilitates the design of hydro-pressed and break-formed airframes; 3)Generative composite covering, which identifies potential fiber wrinkling, thus helping to avoid problems in parts manufactured from composite materials; and 4)Generative shape modeling, which enables design of trimmed features with fewer user interactions, thus simplifying design of cast parts. IBM-Dassault Systems: Product Code 4261
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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