Rapid Prototyping

Honda, Autodesk Develop Lightweight Crankshaft

Generative design tools help cut weight by 50% in prototype unit


Time to Upgrade Your CAM Software?

Improvements to the 2019 versions of CAM software go well beyond user interface/experience enhancements, even though the changes might seem small.


How Topology Optimization Enables Design for Lightweighting

Simulation software enables automotive engineers to take advantage of the lightweighting opportunities provided by technologies like 3D printing and microcellular injection molding.

Materials & Lightweighting

Using Simulation Software to Optimize Automotive Lightweighting

Automotive manufacturers are meeting CAFE fuel-efficiency standards through lightweighting, which requires simulation software for design engineers.


Autonomous Vehicle Startup Zoox Dumps its CEO

Zoox Inc., the Menlo Park, Calif. robotics startup, has abruptly removed CEO and co-founder Tim Kentley-Klay only weeks after he led a $500 million fundraising round for the 4-year-old company.


GM and Autodesk Advancing Design and Manufacturing

General Motors is working with Autodesk on utilizing advanced design software and 3D printing capabilities to develop parts that are not only lighter than those otherwise developed, but which combine what would otherwise be separate parts, thereby reducing manufacturing complexity.

Materials & Lightweighting

GM Teams with Autodesk on 3D Parts

General Motors Co. is working with San Rafael, Calif.-based design software specialist Autodesk Inc. to develop and produce next-generation parts via 3D-printing, generative design and advanced materials science technology.  


Simulating Long-Fiber Composites

Long carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastics may get increased use thanks to simulation capabilities.


The Network and the Sensor

The smart-factory world of digital manufacturing is coming, and manufacturing-technology developers are eager to help you be ready.  


Dassault Tops Sustainability Rankings

Dassault Systemes was named the world’s Most Sustainable Corporation by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based magazine and research firm.


Bridging the Physical and Virtual Worlds

Carmakers are learning to link the physical world of carmaking with the virtual world of software, says Mike Ray, global business development manager for Autodesk Inc.

What’s “Cloud Computing”?

Everyone talks about it, but what is “cloud computing”?


Simulating Injection Molding Gets Even Better

New injection molding software can simulate—and analyze.

IMTS 2016 Preview

About the Event The 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) marks the 31st edition of the event which will take place September 12-17, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Materials & Lightweighting

Molding and Materials

Let’s face it: when it comes to vehicle development from here on out, the likelihood that there will be a single material that pretty much handles all aspects of the construction of the structural and/or exterior aspects of that car or truck is about on par with Katy Perry giving up her Twitter account.


The Latest CAD System Offers a Triple Play

Onshape combines mobility, collaboration and integral product data management with 3D CAD— at a “petty cash” price, if free isn’t good enough.


Optimizing Automotive Lightweighting

Lightweighting to meet increasing fuel efficiency and stricter emission requirements involves heavyweight software tools to optimize the choice of the materials and part designs.


Direct from the Cloud: Quality Management Documentation

Software for automating the production of quality inspection packages can save manufacturing companies a stunning amount of time. That the software is cloud-based is merely a technicality.


Autodesk, Microsoft & 3D Printing

“3D printing is incredibly promising, but also still too complex and unreliable,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer and 3D printing, Autodesk.


Data Transfer Secure & Swift

Just email or FTP the CAD file, right? Sure, if you don’t consider security, traceability, intellectual property, file size, and other considerations. But you should.


Making CAD Immersive

Here’s technology that helps transform 2D CAD designs into the third dimension.


CAM: Getting Better and Going Cloud

Acquisitions haven’t stopped two CAM vendors from advancing their software. In fact, the acquisitions have also helped put CAM into the cloud.


Professional Workstations Are Still Important

With all the clamor about tablets and mobile phones, one could easily forget about workstations. Don’t. Nowadays, they’re even more primed for the heavy lifting in CAD.

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