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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.

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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
In partnership with Point One, Civ Robotics is ensuring that precise construction layouts won’t be at odds with efficiency. Land surveying is a critical stage in the construction layout process, during which workers use various forms of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to mark specific locations for builders. Read on to learn more.
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Application Briefs: Software
To learn about the use of digital twins for machining operations in industry, we interviewed Gisbert Ledvon, VP of Marketing at HEIDENHAIN Corporation, Schaumburg, Illinois. Click to read the full interview.
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Articles: Software
Both generative design and topology optimization can be leveraged with the COMSOL® software, which also provides features for customizing automated designs so that they are suitable for specific manufacturing methods.
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Podcasts: Data Acquisition
The University of Michigan’s Automotive Research Center has a new five-year agreement with the U.S. Army for modeling, simulation, and digitally engineering the next generation of off-road autonomous vehicles.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Using kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of folding and cutting paper, MIT researchers have now manufactured a type of high-performance architected material known as a plate lattice, on a much larger scale than scientists have previously been able to achieve by additive fabrication.
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Articles: AR/AI
This new era of technology eases the twin challenges of capacity and complexity and offers more flexibility than ever for businesses to respond to a fast-changing world.
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Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the product of the month, IDEC Corporation's SA2E general-purpose photoelectric sensor family.
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Products: Connectivity
See what's New on the Market, including eFuses, a Portable Particle Counter, a high-efficiency right angle gearmotor, graphical panel meters, and more.
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Application Briefs: Aerospace
Through the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project, Boeing is partnering with NASA to develop and flight-test a full-scale Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) demonstrator aircraft.
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NASA Spinoff: Design
Software for modeling metal parts before 3D printing provides significant savings in cost and time compared to conventional physical testing.
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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Incorporating AI into a cobot-based application using a standard teach pendant or graphical user tool has been challenging and time-consuming, even for the most dedicated engineers.
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Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The release of OpenAi's ChatGPT has unleashed a wave of renewed interest in AI. How will this language-based AI affect 3D CAD design and 3D printing?
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Articles: Materials
SAE's WCX World Congress Experience, will be held from April 18-20, in Detroit, MI.
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Products: Software
Last December, Tech Briefs readers were asked to select one product from 2022 to be named Readers’ Choice Product of the Year. See what took home the honors.
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Articles: Electronics & Computers
Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of satellites in orbit. A significant portion of this increase is thanks to the smaller size of newer satellites.
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Articles: Defense

We've made some impressive strides from both a societal and industry perspective in the face of this unrelenting pandemic. And while the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry has been hit...

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Briefs: Test & Measurement
The advance could accelerate engineers’ design process by eliminating the need to solve complex equations.
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Blog: Software
A reader asks about the role of simulation when automakers like Toyota have a more “model-based” design approach.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The Opti-Scan inspection system can measure surfaces and edges in 3D.
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Articles: Aerospace
Learn what to look for when selecting computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programming software for the DED manufacturing process.
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Articles: Electronics & Computers
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2021 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
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Special Reports: Software
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Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - November 2021

In this new report from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs magazines, discover how the latest advances in 3D printing, machining, molding and more are changing the way...

Technology Leaders: Software
Deep learning-based AI allows users to identify 3D objects of arbitrary shape and size in various orientations with high accuracy in the 3D space.
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Articles: Communications

To find out about the impact of 5G mobile broadband service on the IoT/IIoT, I interviewed Jai Suri, Vice President, IoT and Blockchain Applications Development, Oracle, and Mike Anderson, Embedded Systems...

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Blog: Software
A reader asks an industry expert from IBM: How is feature-based modeling better than a bill of materials?
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Products: Electronics & Computers
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tech Briefs asked 5 execs: What should a user consider before moving to the cloud?
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Question of the Week: Software
Could Digital Twins Be Used on ‘Any System?’

An INSIDER story this month highlighted efforts to use sensors to improve the virtual design model known as a digital twin.

Blog: AR/AI
A team of researchers at USC is helping artificial intelligence imagine the unseen.
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