MSC.Software, wants its website to be more user friendly to engineers. The developer of NASTRAN and other analysis/engineering software says it's putting its money where its mouth is with a major website upgrade that's part of a half million dollar rebranding strategy. To figure out what changes would make its site easier for engineers to navigate, MSC conducted research and pored through customer feedback. "I had this massive stack of email messages—we actually kept all the complaints!" says Carlson Choi, Director of Strategic Marketing who spearheaded the website redesign effort. Major findings: Engineers wanted fewer clicks, a search function, and the ability to customize their own page. Full implementation of the launch is expected by the year's end. Choi says that MSC will follow-up the launch with hands-on beta testing with engineers.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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