Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 is the latest release of the
industry leading, integrated 3-D CAD/CAM/CAE software. With more than 350 new
capabilities and enhancements, this release helps engineers overcome key
barriers to product design. Pro/ENGINEER
Wildfire 5.0 provides real-time dynamic editing, enables disruption-free design
and improves the user experience with easy-to-use yet powerful, highly
automated commands. In addition, this
release sets the standard for CAD interoperability, offers seamlessly
integrated applications across disciplines such as electromechanical design,
and introduces breakthrough social product development capabilities. The new
capabilities in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 dramatically improve the engineer's
efficiency and productivity throughout the design process, from concept to
manufacturing. The integration of disparate applications such as the Pro/ENGINEER
Spark Analysis Extension enables users to leverage multi-disciplinary design
tools, which saves time and reduces errors from data translation. New social
product capabilities, which are accessed directly from the Pro/ENGINEER user
interface, improve collaboration efficiency. According to PTC, the new
Pro/ENGINEER Spark Analysis Extension is the only product that performs electrical
clearance and creepage analysis directly on the CAD model geometry. Engineers
can improve the speed and accuracy of their analysis, ensure product safety and
ultimately reduce prototype and production rework time and costs. PTC says
Pro/ENGINEER is also the only CAD system enabled for social product
development. Enabled by Windchill ProductPoint, the new capabilities in Pro/ENGINEER
improve collective knowledge sharing, design collaboration and decision making.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.