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Expiring Tax Credits May Sink Major Arizona Solar Project

Expiring Tax Credits May Sink Major Arizona Solar Project

There is a good, short article posted on-line recently in the Christian Science Monitor entitled, “Arizona’s Solar Aspirations In Peril”. The article suggests that large-scale solar power plants are still far from being competitive with conventional fossil-fired plants, even in a place that sees 325 days of sunshine per year. According to the article, expiration of the federal Investment Tax Credit in 2008 is going to sink a 1 billion dollar solar project slated to elevate Arizona’s prominence as renewable energy hub.

Maple 12 Touts Improved CAD Connectivity

Maple 12 Touts Improved CAD Connectivity

Maplesoft is touting improved connectivity to CAD tools and new analysis functions among the highlights of the Version 12 release of its flagship mathematical calculation tool. Maple 12 now allows engineers to connect directly to popular CAD systems like SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor  and deploy mathematical capabilities to extend the range of analysis on CAD models. With the new release, engineers can also tag designs electronically with rich technical documentation and calculations, which integrates the mathematical analysis directly into the engineering workflow.

On the analysis front, a new Dynamic Systems package offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, which are essential in control systems development. There are also new Wavelets support, for design requirements in the area of image compression and signal analysis along with new plotting capabilities to simplify the creation of complex engineering plots such as frequency domain responses and root-locus plots.

The third area of enhancements is around smarter documents. Among the highlights are improvements to customizable interactive components, easier access to Maple 12’s code editor and new additions to its “clickable” approach to math, which uses mouse clicks, menus and palettes instead of command lines to invoke operations. Single user academic licenses of Maple 12 are available now for $1,895.

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GreenSoft releases GreenData Manager

GreenSoft releases GreenData Manager

GreenSoft Technologies Inc. (formerly Pacific Oaks Technology) has launched GreenData Manager, a desktop application designed to help companies manage green compliance data and documents. The application is available for a 30-day free trial on the company’s website.

GreenData Manager was created to help collect and manage a range of green compliance data, including RoHS status and certificates from suppliers, material composition substance data, MSL and peak temperature data for lead-free manufacturing, tin whisker mitigation strategies and more.

The tool is also designed to validate compliance information against RoHS, China RoHS, Korea RoHS, Halogen-Free and the recent Norwegian PoHS. The application can also be used to report the compliance status on all parts or BOMs and determine if test reports or certificates need to be recollected.

Design Tools: Siemens Gets CAD Modeling in Sync

May 7, 2008
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Siemens Gets CAD Modeling in Sync
Siemens' new synchronous technology marries the merits of direct modeling with a history-based, parametric CAD approach. Full Story
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Autodesk is experimenting with a new tool that can help manufacturers make more responsible materials decisions. Full Story
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Beth Stackpole,
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It’s like that argument over Coke and Pepsi. Some engineers prefer the controls and automation of parametric or history-based 3D CAD systems while others like the freedom and flexibility of direct modelers. The debate is coming to a head lately as the leading CAD vendors and some upstarts release products that tend to blur the lines. Which CAD approach best suits your design practices? Drop me a line.

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