Maplesoft's latest version of its analysis and calculation software offers a range of new tools built on Maplesoft's technology platform of smart documents, powerful mathematics and seamless connectivity to engineering design tools. One of the standout features in the upgrade is direct connectivity between Maple 12 and popular CAD systems, including SolidWorks and Autodesk Inc.'s Inventor, allowing users to deploy mathematical capabilities to extend the range of analysis on CAD models. The upgrade also has tools that allow design engineers to tag designs electronically with rich technical documentation and calculations, better integrating design calculations into the overall engineering workflow. Other features include a new collection of Dynamic Systems modeling tools essential for dynamic modeling, as well as control design and signal processing capabilities, enabling engineers to develop these sophisticated math models faster and more accurately.
National Semiconductor is promising to free up engineers from weeks of tedious bench and research work when designing with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with its new LED WEBENCH® design environment that can compare and pair up LED solutions in minutes. LED WEBENCH® helps engineers select from and design with more than 200 high-brightness LEDs, comparing products from leaders like Avago Technologies, Cree, Lite-On, OSRAM and others across multiple parameters such as light output, color, footprint and viewing angle. With a single keystroke, LED WEBENCH® matches an LED with an LED driver and creates an optimized power supply circuit. The engineer can set up their size and efficiency requirements and simulate the circuit behavior under dynamic conditions. After fine-tuning the system, the software's “BuildIt!” feature provides a complete bill of materials for the LED circuit and the ability to quickly ship a custom prototype kit.
The “Space Kid,” 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in space by NASA, thanks to the City X Project, which inspires kids to think about new 3D-printed inventions that could be useful for humans living in space.
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