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Meeting the challenges of virtual design

They say hindsight is a wonderful thing. This is certainly true of design and engineering. Despite trying to predict how products will be used and testing against those conditions, it is impossible ...



Innovation boosts wheelchair safety and lifespan

It is estimated that there are as many as 750,000 full-time wheelchair users in the UK, of whom a significant proportion are under 18. Clearly, while a chair for a fully-grown adult may have a ...





Autodesk's PLM 360 solution proves a hit

Having been announced at Autodesk University in December 2011 and launched as a product in February 2012, Autodesk's PLM 360 cloud-based PLM platform has, depending on your viewpoint, either recently ...





SolidWorks 2013 aims to simplify 3D design

The newly-lauched Solidworks 2013 offers a number of interesting features that are likely to pique the interest of users. Indeed, many of these 200-plus changes (90% in fact, the company claims) have ...


Robotics simulation made easy

While the use of industrial robots has increased exponentially in recent years, creating and implementing efficient manufacturing lines is an expensive and time consuming process. For this reason, ...


The direct route to 3D CAD

Over the last few years, the name 'SpaceClaim' has become more and more prominent in CAD and engineering circles. This prominence has reflected the success of the company in identifying and ...





Procurement of a future icon for London

Engineering icons are often unplanned. It therefore follows that trying to create this status for a product from the outset is a big ask, especially when you are replacing an existing popular and ...






PLM and ERP collaborate effectively

ERP, enterprise resource planning, the backbone management information system that handles the operational aspects of a business, and PLM, product lifecycle management, which manages the product ...


Crowdsourcing design model is moving forward fast

The concept of collaborative design – 'crowdsourcing' ideas in order to design and develop genuinely innovative commercial products – has been a minor obsession of the design community as long as the ...