Okay, so you missed the first Design News' webcast on October 26. Don't despair! The webcast is available online all the time at http://www.designnews.com . The first webcast, "Get it Right the First Time" dealt with how flexible engineering can make you more productive—and innovative—for your customer needs. Featured speakers included Jon Stevenson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, MCAD, PTC; and Ken Versprille, Ph.D., Program Manager, Design Creation & Validation with D.H. Brown Associates Inc. Paul Teague, Chief Editor of Design News was the moderator. If you have Real Player or Windows Media Player, you can watch the slide show and listen to the speakers, as well as review the audience's questions and comments. If you like what you see, you can register for upcoming webcasts right there on the site.
Send a 'bot to do a man's job
The popular PBS television series, Nova, now features robot area online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/robots . Read the text from the show on a bomb squad's use of robots to disarm explosive devices. And if you're in a playful mood, check out the Shockwave game and match the robot to the job. There are "job descriptions" for each robot, plus videos of the robot in action. While the puzzle isn't tough, it's pretty interesting to read about robotic technology currently in place.
ANSYS offers a newly-updated DesignSpace area featuring a thermal/modal demonstration, downloadable online demos and presentations with streaming video/audio. Also sign up for live webcast demos and for product CD requests. Plus, sign up on the site for the first Design News/ANSYS College Design Engineering Award. Check it out at http://www.designspace.com .
The Forging Industry Association's website at http://www.forging.org has opened a Design Engineering Center. Subjects covered in the area include common applications of forgings, case studies, how forging compares to other processes, and frequently asked questions. Other parts of the site include a forging university and a forging forum.
CAD data on CD
THK America Inc. now offers detailed CAD product information on a free CD. The CD features R12 DXF, R13 DXF, R14 DWG, and R2K DWG formats. The company, in addition, recently launched an online store at their site, http://www.thk.com/index2.htm . Users can order linear motion products, including linear motion guides, miniature LM guides, and slide packs.
Get to the "Point A"
Autodesk has opened up a vertical portal for designers and engineers at http://pointa03.autodesk.com/portal/welcome.asp . Registration is required to use the site, but it is free. Once on the site, you can find information on e-learning, Autodesk's products, a nifty little tips and tricks section, a symbols library with free downloads, abstracts, a units converter, discussion groups, and lots of links to relevant websites.
Display's da thing
Into display design? Then check out Optrex America Inc.'s site at http://www.optrex.com . The company designs and manufactures OEM liquid crystal displays. Their site offers engineers'drawings and specs for electrical, optical, I/O terminal, and test LCDs. In addition, the site features a Design Center with access to the company's LCD design support service, an FAQ page, downloadable PDF files of characters, and graphic LCD users' manuals.