Mechanical Design/ CAD Software

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Phone alone

Making exclusive mobile phones is a different proposition when you are a small company instead of being part of a global multinational. In the case of Vertu it meant that change of CAD environment ...


Electronics at your fingertips

Engineering design increasingly involves more than one discipline and even the worlds of mechanical and electronic design increasingly have to be tackled by a single engineer. Tim Fryer investigates ...


Suits design in motion

Some clever design in sensor technology has developed a tool with interesting possibilities for design engineers, particularly those whose designs cater for human movement. Tim Fryer reports


Natural solutions

When nature and engineering collide, the results can be astounding. Tim Fryer found out more about Festo's Inspired by Nature concept products.


Raising the BAR

If you have the best sailor in the Olympic history, sailing the best boat available, then the long wait for a British victory in the America's Cup will be over. Easier said than done of course


The quiet revolution

The 3D printer has emerged as the saviour for all those experiencing prototyping problems – right? Not necessarily according to John Tumelty, who argues that other options are sometimes better suited.






ANSYS and Spaceclaim: a greater whole?

The biggest news of late in the design software sphere was when simulation giant ANSYS announced its acquisition of direct modelling leader SpaceClaim in a deal valued at $85million.



The crossover between ECAD and MCAD

At an industry event earlier this year, the speaker asked all those in the room who were mechanical engineers to raise their hands. A sea of arms shot skyward. He next asked only those who were ...


View from the top: A new dimension

Paul Fanning talks to Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS Components, about the company's latest moves and innovations.


View from the top: Set the standards with CAE

Ken Christie, director of EPLAN UK, explains how the latest computer aided engineering (CAE) solutions are being used to offer quality assurance for end customers and gain a clear competitive ...



Software brings 3D design to every engineer

DesignSpark Mechanical, the new 3D design software from RS Components and Allied Electronics, is ideal for engineering and conceptual design, bringing the advantages of 3D design to every engineer ...





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 ...


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 ...