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.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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