Absolutely, a tall order indeed. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these kinds of advisor or product analytics capabilities in this area. I know SolidWorks and PTC both have offerings that aid engineers in this effort.
This looks like a good tool to help design engineers identify sustainable materials. Design engineers need all the help they can get. It wasn't many years ago they engineered for function and cost. In recent years they have become the front line in environmental compliance. Now they need to know the materials in every component and all packaging. Plus, they have to document those materials.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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