January was a big month for engineering software news. SolidWorks held its biggest-ever annual user group meeting (3,700 registered attendees) in Las Vegas, PTC had an analyst/press briefing in Waltham, MA, and Adobe made a big announcement. Here are my picks on the most noteworthy news:
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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