SitePad: The First True CAD App for iPhone and iPad

It has taken years for a truly useful CAD app to appear for the iPad and iPhone, but our wait is finally over thanks to SitePAD. This new app was created by Timothy and Paul Barnard and focuses on what CAD designers really need, instead of what non-engineers think they might need. The PAD stands… Read more »

IBM’s Incredible “OptoChip”

A team of researchers at IBM announced a groundbreaking new development in microchips. Dubbed the “optochip,” this new creation can transfer 1 terabit of information in one second. To put this into perspective, that’s the equivalent of 500 high definition movies being transferred in just 60 seconds. This is a huge development in information technology… Read more »

Groundbreaking New Information on Heat’s Effect on Materials

Thanks to a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the University of Cambridge, exciting new developments have emerged in the study of how heat effects materials. With equipment on loan from Mettler-Toledo, the research team was able to observe exactly what happens when semiconductors are heated very rapidly, as much as 10,000 degrees C… Read more »

New Autodesk 360 Transforming Traditional Engineering Workstations

Cloud computing has revolutionized numerous sectors and it’s only natural that it would soon impact the engineering world. Autodesk PLM 360 is the newest release from Autodesk and its poised to take center stage. Unlike traditional CAD software which is platform specific, Autodesk PLM 360 runs cross-platform, and that’s not all it can do. This… Read more »

Replicators – Are We Prepared Enough?

Not so long ago, replicators were a fixture of science fiction, a dream and nothing more. As 3D printing technology advances however, we are nearing an age where replicating many things is entirely possible. In fact, this technology is advancing to the point where the average Joe has access to a 3D printer and can… Read more »

The New Face of Rapid Prototyping

Typically, 3D prototyping is limited to certain materials, and you may not be able to create an exact model due to these limitations. Another common issue facing manufacturing and prototyping companies is the inability to find software that works with the materials they want to use in the model or concept phase. 3D Prototyping, an… Read more »

Engineering Companies Impacted By Mineral Shortages

A recent survey conducted by PwC is raising concern in the engineering sector about the possibility of mineral shortages impacting production. Metal minerals are heavily relied on by companies involved in the automotive, energy and utilities, and renewable energy sectors and these are the companies that are going to be impacted first. It is estimated… Read more »

3D Material Enables Thermal Testing

Objet, a leader in 3D printing systems, announced a new 3D material that they have developed, which will make thermal testing possible. The new material, called RGD525, has been designed to simulate high temperature performance for engineering plastics, without compromising the stability of the product. According to Zehavit Reisin of Objet, “In function applications, Objet’s… Read more »

Rapid Prototyping Helps Scientists Study Our Atmosphere

Researchers are Southampton University are taking advantage of rapid prototyping to create a new type of aircraft that can be used to study the earth’s atmosphere. This new craft, called the ASTRA Atom, is being designed to travel as far as 30 kilometers into the atmosphere and can be tracked while it is in transit… Read more »

Latest Trends in Robotics

The robotics industry is booming and thanks to the constant development of new materials and the implementation of new ideas, we’re all benefiting. 2012 has been a great year so far for robotics and it doesn’t look like the trend is slowing down any time soon. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest… Read more »