Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU) recently hosted its International Summer Space School, titled “Advanced space technology and experiments: From idea to nano-satellite mission.”
According to the Russian newspaper, Volga Commune, “For two weeks, students from Italy, the United States, Portugal, Japan, Romania, Mexico, Colombia, Kazakhstan and Russia worked together develop their own nanosatellites.”
With 3D printing (or more correctly, additive manufacturing), product developers have new options for prototyping, tooling, sourcing, and even producing parts. But with all these new options come new requirements for modeling.
Suppose you need to run a pipeline across the countryside, but you don’t want to disrupt existing surface features and infrastructure—such as railways, highways, or streams and rivers. Your solution can be found in what’s called “trenchless technology,” a method for creating infrastructure by boring under the earth’s surface. Trenchless encompasses several different techniques for underground construction, but one of the most common is the auger bore.
By now, everyone has seen a mobile capture device—whether you’ve signed for a package at your door or have seen a handheld scanner at the grocery store. Most of these devices come from one of two major producers, Motorola and Honeywell. But look closer, and you might notice a third name on most of those devices, TIS GmbH. Based in Bocholt, Germany, TIS focuses on the design and implementation of customized telematics solutions, including accessories for many of those handheld devices.
All businesses, no matter their size, look for a positive return on their investments. A product lifecycle management solution is no exception. If you’re a small-to-medium business, investing in an enterprise-level PLM is a capital expenditure you just can’t justify. Not only is the initial hardware and software investment beyond your budget, but you can’t hire IT workers just for PLM, and you can’t pay off the technology before it’s obsolete. The ROI is impractical.
If you ever visit Tainan City, Taiwan, look for the Taiwan Metal Creation Museum. This unique cultural center is dedicated to the history and importance of a seemingly ordinary commodity—sheet metal. Founded by Chih Kang Material Company Ltd., the museum illustrates how sheet metal is not only fabricated into a key component of many modern products, but is also a creative, even beautiful material.
When it comes to perfecting product development, it’s usually the fundamentals that are often the single hardest thing for engineering organizations to get right.
[Ed. At HellermannTyton, product developers solved the problem of working with global customers in diverse industries, each with a preferred CAD system, by simply using whatever CAD system the customer used. Over time, the company has built up a catalog of tens of thousands of products and variants. The secret to keeping track of a massive collection of parts and assemblies? PTC Windchill.]
PTC Creo View MCAD is a viewing app for anyone on the product team that wants to review, interrogate, mark up, and validate models—all without requiring a full-blown seat of CAD software. It doesn’t require any special design or engineering skills, so it’s perfect if you’re not already a CAD expert (say management, purchasing, tooling, and manufacturing) and want to provide feedback on a model. Here’s a quick overview, if you’re not yet familiar with it.
If you ever cleaned your car’s windows with washer fluid, you probably used technology created by Bowles Fluidics. The Columbia, Maryland-based company developed its core product—fluidic windshield washer nozzles—in the 1970’s for the Ford Mustang. Today, Bowles provides nozzles to all major automakers, supplying 85% of the vehicles built in North America. In fact, since its inception, Bowles has produced over 1 billion nozzles. That’s a lot of clean windows!