MCAD Tech News #1929 Nov, 2006 By: Jeffrey Rowe
Designer uses CoCreate’s OneSpace Designer Modeling to build the next snowboard
Several years ago, ok, on my 40th birthday, I decided to learn a new winter sport -- snowboarding. I enrolled in a day-long snowboarding class, but was intimidated by the fact that I was by far the oldest student in the class. I think the next oldest student was 14. That first day did not go well, and I knew it. In fact, the instructor pulled me aside and told me that I might want to pursue other winter sports. Although I was very discouraged after that first day, I was more determined than ever to get the hang of it. After countless painful crashes and tumbles since then, I’m now able to board on just about any slope in Colorado. I don’t do the pipe or the park, but I do like to cruise and carve.
So, what’s this got to do with mechanical design? Well, while to the uninitiated, snowboards may look like rounded slabs of wood with upturned ends, they’re actually quite sophisticated in terms of design, materials, manufacturing process and, of course, graphics. While there are some gimmicks in regards to snowboard design, nothing truly revolutionary has come out for several years. That is, until I heard about Deuce Snowboards and its aptly named product Deuce. Read more>>
By Ron LaFon
After a period of small, incremental performance gains, this latest generation of CAD/engineering workstations makes a big leap over previous systems. The four systems reviewed here are the fastest workstations that Cadalyst has ever seen. Credit for the improvement goes primarily to Intel's speedy new Core 2 Extreme processors, which are used in three of the four systems received. One system is based on the AMD Athlon64 FX-62 2.8GHz processor that until recently had been the leader on Cadalyst performance tests. Read more>>
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