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
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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