Laser Focus World. Dec2003, Vol. 39 Issue 12, p59-60. 2p. 1 Color Photograph, 1 Black and White Photograph, 1 Graph.
COMPUTER software, PROTOTYPES, ENGINEERING, OPTICS, LIGHT sources, and OPTOELECTRONICS
Explores the use of modern optical engineering software to simplify virtual prototyping. Advantages and disadvantages of optical-design software; Overview of the virtual prototyping process; Creation of the light-source model.
RAPID prototyping, ENGINEERING, WATER hammer, HYDRAULIC transients, and THREE-dimensional printing
Several letters to the editor are presented in response to articles in previous issues including "Taming Water Hammer" in the February 14, 2013 issue, "Will the 3D Printing Revolution Kill Engineering Jobs?" in the July 9, 2013 issue, and about experience being the only thing that reduced engineering head count.
ENGINEERING design, ENGINEERING, AUTOMATION, ELECTRONIC apparatus & appliances, and ELECTRONICS
Evaluates several Electronic Design Automation tools. Important features of Cadence's First Encounter system for virtual prototyping; Effectiveness of System Verilog language in providing support for assertion-based verification. INSETS: ENGINEERS SOUND OFF ONLINE;NEED MORE INFORMATION?.
COMPUTER software, ENGINEERING, ENGINEERING design, INDUSTRIAL design, and RAPID prototyping
The author suggests the need for engineers to invest in more-capable and specialized software. He recommends that probably the most important is a 3D modeling software, which lets users to build 3D digital models of concepts that can rotate and really get to know. Free-form surface modeling capability is also important because more-traditional engineering software limits users in the kind of shapes they can build. Another good idea is to ensure having a rapid-prototyping capability.
ASSEMBLY line methods, ENGINEERING, and BAKERY equipment
The article offers information on the 3-Dimensional Services Group, a rapid prototyping firm that specializes in the design, engineering and analysis of in-house tools. It mentions that the company recently helped Freed, a division of Maplehurst Bakeries LLC, to deal with the problem in its automated production line.
An interview with entrepreneur and engineer Steve Carrabba in the U.S. is presented. When asked about the aspect that motivated him to start his own company, he reveals that his experience at school gave him the idea to venture for an engineering business. He also discloses the worst decision he had made as an entrepreneur, recalling the time when he started out in business without fully prototyping his design. Furthermore, he discusses the factors that attracted him to an engineering career.
MANUFACTURING processes, PROTOTYPES, NEW product development, COST effectiveness, and ENGINEERING
The article presents information on advanced thermal management by Metal Matrix Cast Composites Inc. Engineers can now tailor their thermal-management packaging, and interconnection needs with a low-cost, metal-matrix composite material made of aluminum, silicon, and carbon (AlSiC). The material's isotropic thermal coefficient of expansion (CTE), which includes 8.75, 10.56, and 11.7 for AlSiC-9, -10, and -11, respectively (from 30°C to 200°C), can be adjusted for specific applications by modifying the aluminum-metal/SiC ratio. This eliminates the need for thermal interface stacking, increasing field reliability. The AlSiC composite's near and netshaped fabrication process produces the composite material and fabricates the product's geometry. This results in a cost-effective product and enables rapid prototyping for high-volume advanced thermal management. Its unique casting process permits the integration of very high thermal-conductivity inserts over 1000 W/mK or cooling tubes for more advanced thermal management. According to CPS, because the performance of the material varies greatly depending on how it's customized, prices can range from $5 to $30 per unit.
Reports that CAD software is believed to be the most efficient in the industry for 1996. Effectiveness of rapid-prototyping-system makers in engineering; Implementation of product data management; Benefits of physical distribution management.