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Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

New advancements, tools, and applications in computer-aided design (CAD) systems essential to the design and production cycle in aerospace, defense, and manufacturing. Find technical briefs, articles, and white papers on developments in CAD.

New software being developed at Ohio State University will allow creation of more complex DNA robots, at much faster speeds.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing Automated Process Planning Software
The software automatically maps designs from CAD software to additive manufacturing to help cut unnecessary steps.
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
The Agile Engineering Design System® is an integrated suite of software modules for CAE/CAM of turbomachinery.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.6 simulation software features four new products.
Question of the Week: Software
Would You Use 'Tsugite' Software for Woodworking?

A recent INSIDER story highlighted a new tool for architects, furniture-makers, and woodworking beginners. The interactive software from the University of Tokyo, known as "Tsugite," provides milling machine instructions and on-screen design guidance so that users can piece an object together...

An interactive software being developed at the University of Tokyo allows architects and furniture makers with little experience in woodworking to to design and build structurally sound wood joints.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: October 2020 Tech Briefs
Users can edit the shape of a model while viewing results and watch the simulation update immediately.
Application Briefs: Internet of Things
Using the IoT for Predictive Maintenance
Predictive maintenance is poised to become much more widely adopted, and that will help to boost productivity in a time when we really need it.
To achieve vehicle manufacturers’ ambitious goals for electric vehicles, Li-ion batteries need to be improved.
Digitalization gives product teams a new way of looking at familiar challenges.
Altair released updates to all of its design, simulation, and data analytics software products.

You can design the best product in the world but what if the parts, assemblies, and sub-components for your idea aren’t there?

This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: June 2020
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.

Stanford University researchers created an inverse design codebase called SPINS that can help researchers explore different design methodologies to...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
VoroCrust v.1.0 Meshing Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
To speed up the design process, researchers from the University of Texas are finding more efficient ways to predict, or "learn," a rocket's behavior.
Researchers from the University of Illinois are looking at all the different ways to create a non-pneumatic automotive tire.
Varjo™ Technologies announced a 2D/3D immersive "Workspace."
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
A touch-based display mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: December 2019
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
With the rise in electrification and design complexity, aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to look for new methodologies to mitigate compliance risk.

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