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Designing Through the Recession

Designing Through the Recession A sour economy has stalled many new design projects, but good opportunities still remain in such areas as traffic control technology, wireless and mobile Internet devices, and infrastructure or energy-related products. Bruce Klimpke, technical director of Integrated Engineering Software, notes that the downturn is also a good time to get acquainted with software tools that can cut development costs and speed time to market, such as simulation and digital prototyping. How has recession affected your design schedule and what design aids are you investigating for the next big project ramp-up?

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Conquer Product Development Challenges at PTC/USER
PTC/USER

Conquer Product Development Challenges at PTC/USER Explore solutions to tackle your toughest design challenges at the PTC/USER World Event 2009. See 300+ technical sessions and 100+ technology exhibits. It's the premier training, education, and networking event for Pro/ENGINEER®, Windchill®, Arbortext®, CoCreate®, and Mathcad® users. June 7-10, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, FL. Register today!

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
igi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Real-time Rendering Realized

Real-time Rendering Realized For designers who want to view a 3D CAD model in a photorealistic setting, Hypershot rendering software offers instant gratification. The product offers faster loading and processing time and the ability to make quick modifications to the 3D composition. You can tweak lighting, rescale or reposition the model, or change the camera vantage point, and the scene will re-render automatically. HyperShot also offers several packages of preset environments.

Software Gets Things Perking

Software Gets Things Perking Using 3D CAD modeling, a California manufacturer developed a 15 kg coffee roaster in four weeks, instead of the usual six months. Ponderosa Roasting relied on Inventor software's digital prototyping and sheet metal tools to combine manufacturing information, such as punch tool parameters, with an accurate 3D model of sheet metal folding. The software made it easier to check for interferences between assembly parts, catching potential errors before the design reached manufacturing.

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How to Unplug CMM Bottlenecks

How to Unplug CMM Bottlenecks Machine shops often encounter trouble keeping programming for coordinate measuring machines in step with CNC machine programming. To ease this problem, vendors now offer new CMM programming tools that look and feel like CAD/CAM modules. One package, PAS CMM, can even take a 3D CAD model and generate code to control a CMM — cutting programming time by 80%. Yet the software takes only a couple days to learn, claims the vendor.

Materials Menu Grows for Prototyping

Materials Menu Grows for Prototyping With digital manufacturing showing strong growth, 3D printing vendors are offering an expanded selection of materials aimed at specific applications. While other suppliers feature machines that produce parts from ABS and nylon, Z Corp. is pioneering colored epoxy resins for fit and form applications — though not for functioning parts. Laser sintering machines rely primarily on titanium alloy and cobalt to make medical parts. Other vendors even offer flame retardant materials.

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Help Your Customers Innovate More

Siemens PLM Software — Velocity Series

Help Your Customers Innovate More How do we turn what customers expect into innovations that do more than they imagined? The Siemens answer: PLM Software for small- to mid-sized businesses to improve customer responsiveness

• Slash engineering change orders by 40%
• Save 30% in physical prototyping costs

Assess your ability here to respond to today's customer demands.

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Getting a Comfortable Fit

Getting a Comfortable Fit General Motors has adopted the Seat Design Environment™ (SDE) software tool to trim seat development time and obtain cost feedback earlier in the design process. SDE lets engineers create a complete 3D virtual product master model to generate the data needed to document and manufacture a seat trim cover. The software integrates easily with GM's principal CAD system and helps reduce the need for physical prototypes.

Model Your Factory Environment

Model Your Factory Environment Engineers who need to simulate factory process flow or how machines function together on a line can now create 3D graphical objects without knowing text-based computer code. A new white paper explains how simulation software lets you create models of machines, robots, conveyors, and other equipment — or capture them from a library. You can even animate these objects in 3D to simulate how a machine operates or to detect bottlenecks and other operational flaws.

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Keeping Innovation on Track

Keeping Innovation on Track With Goldfire 5.0, engineers and R&D specialists can accelerate the time it takes to get breakthrough ideas to market. The software shows users visually where they are in the innovation process, based on 14 pre-defined innovation tasks that can be tailored to fit their organization. There's even a "fix a product defect" task. Users can also get unlimited access to online computer-based training courses and video demos.

Tailor Your PDM System

Tailor Your PDM System With the just released version 4.1 of Teamcenter® Express software, engineers get a new Business Modeler tool for customizing their product data management environment. This new feature streamlines the management of the attributes, datasets, forms, lists-of-values, and other common building blocks of PDM environments. Targeted especially for small and medium-sized companies, the software accelerates the engineering process with simplified design review, workflow releases, and change management. Video clips demonstrate the benefits.

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Is Your CFD Tool CAD-embedded?
Mentor Graphics — Mechanical Analysis

Is Your CFD Tool CAD-embedded? Do you need to analyze and optimize complex fluid flow and heat transfer processes? Do you wish you could do this from your familiar CAD interface? Test drive FloEFD V9, our CAD embedded CFD solution. FloEFD enables design engineers to take advantage of this technology. Request your complimentary demonstration!

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