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
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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