MCAD Tech News #206

11 Apr, 2007 By: Jeffrey Rowe

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The Quest for 100MPG

The race will soon be on to determine who can design and bring a truly energy-efficient vehicle to market -- and to the eager masses.

At a time when several major North American car manufacturers seem to be hemming and hawing at proposed fuel efficiency increases, along comes an organization that wants to push the envelope in making much more efficient automotive vehicles possible. The X PRIZE Foundation, the organization behind the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE that successfully challenged teams to build the first private spacecraft to leave the earth’s atmosphere (and won by Burt Rutan’s company, Scaled Composites, in October 2004), is taking a step toward launching the AXP (Automotive X PRIZE), which it hopes will inspire the creation of super-efficient vehicles with fuel economy exceeding 100 miles per gallon.

This challenge comes as consumers and government regulators are putting more pressure on the auto industry to enhance fuel economy, which has remained stagnant at a 2004 collective average of 20.8 miles per gallon and below the collective high of 22.1 mpg way back in 1988. This decrease is largely due to the increases in engine efficiency that have been "spent" on increased vehicle power, acceleration and weight, rather than on increased fuel economy.Read more>>

Intelligence Beyond the Known Universe

By Kenneth Wong

Each quarter, when the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary release an update to their authoritative tome, they cautiously admit a handful of Valley jargon -- that is, Silicon Valley jargon -- into the repertoire of standard speech. Last June, Google was ushered in as a verb, along with text message (verb), uninstall (verb) and rewriteable (adjective). The legitimacy of Google as a noun, a reference to the search engine, is a given, but its emergence as a verb, as in "I Googled the latest news on IBM," has enormous significance. We began using the word as a verb because, over the years, the search engine has redefined how we search for and retrieve information. It marks the rise of a new data paradigm. We now expect information, from the price of a movie to the price of an automobile part, to be categorized, archived and displayed to us in a certain way -- Google's way, for the most part. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

Delcam's North American Technical Summit
May 8-9, 2007
Charlotte, North Carolina
Innovation and Integration in CADCAM Technology is the theme of the North American Technical Summit. The event will cover Delcam's complete software range and show how it can provide faster, more efficient development of new products. Read more

2007 ANSYS U.S. Regional Conference Series: Pennsylvania
May 14-16, 2007
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Simulation has become a critical element of the product development process. To stay on top of the latest developments, engineers, analysts and management from all disciplines of CAE will attend the 2007 ANSYS U.S. Regional Conference Series: Pennsylvania to learn about the future of engineering design simulation and analysis. Read more

International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly
June 19-20, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island
Boothroyd Dewhurst will host the 22nd Annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA). Presenters discuss their recent DFMA applications and show how product simplification and cost-analysis tools support the development of innovative designs that are economical to produce. Read more

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