SolidWorks announced that they can now import information from a collection of 47,000 material data sheets through a new partnership with online information provider MatWeb. MatWeb has built a customized engine that exports data in SolidWorks/COSMOS format from the archive into the SolidWorks/COSMOS interface, providing engineers with more than 900,000 data points on the physical, mechanical, electrical, thermal, optical, and processing properties of materials. This allows engineers to accurately predict a materials' behavior in a design under real-world conditions without much effort. COSMOS users can read MatWeb archive material data sheets for free, and a small subscription fee is charged for downloading info onto computers. For more info, visit www.matweb.com.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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