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Engineering Software/Hardware: Here Comes the Factory of the Future

August 1, 2007

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Engineering Software/Hardware: Here Comes the Factory of the Future

August 1, 2007

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Rapid Manufacturing's Role in the Factory of the Future
Rapid prototyping machines and materials are evolving into “direct digital” manufacturing systems that produce production parts right from CAD files. Will these additive manufacturing machines play much of a role in our future factories? It all depends on how and when engineers want to use them. Full Story

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Here Comes the Factory of the Future Are additive manufacturing machines turning "the factory of the future" into a reality? Explore our rapid manufacturing features, photos and resources to find out. Read More

Cimmetry Builds Bridges Between CAD and EDA
Riding on the trend of convergence in electronics and mechanical design, Cimmetry has bolstered the EDA capabilities of its visualization tool with the release of AutoVue  Version 19.2. Full Story
Delcam Offers Up Free CAD Software
Want to get non-CAD users involved in product development? Delcam ‘s free PowerSHAPE-e software lets people who don’t know CAD view, experiment with and comment on CAD data. Full Story
Mechatronics Fuels Revolution in 3D Printing
Z Corp. leverages automation advances to eliminate virtually all powder handling in its newest color printer for prototyping. Full Story
Sylvania Lighting’s “Bright Idea” Control System
Sylvania opted for a flexible PC-based control system and new machinery to produce a smaller halide lamp at its plant in Belgium. Full Story

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Mechatronics Zone: Dive deeper into the techniques of modeling In partnership with Microchip, National Instruments and UGS
Modeling is the single most important activity in mechatronic system design. Learn why the most common technique used for modeling linear, time-in-variant systems should be the block diagram, with the mathematical model represented as a transfer function. Read More
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Rapid Manufacturing's Role in the Factory of the Future
Here Comes the Factory of the Future
Cimmetry Builds Bridges Between CAD and EDA
Delcam Offers Up Free CAD Software
Mechatronics Fuels Revolution in 3D Printing
Sylvania Lighting’s “Bright Idea” Control System
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Beth Stackpole,
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Today’s most innovative companies and best engineers are working more intimately with outside suppliers and letting upstream colleagues give input into design far earlier than ever before. A new wave of CAD and CAE tools is enabling this collaboration. But beyond tools, fresh ways of working are required. Has your company made the transition to collaborative design? Drop me a line.


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