Daniel Wilson, a dinosaur-obsessed Indiana boy, has a name for his arm. He calls it Pinchy. It isn’t the arm he was born with; it was custom-designed for Daniel by two biomedical engineering students from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Pinchy is Daniel’s second arm, which straps onto the original. Outfitted with Pinchy, Daniel can do something other boys take for granted. He can ride a bicycle. Continue reading
On Monday, as they got ready to meet with editors and reporters, Bill McClure, Siemens PLM Software‘s director of Velocity Series, and Karsten Newbury, Siemens PLM Software’s senior VP and general manager of mainstream engineering software, packed an iPad. The device was loaded with a pre-release copy of Solid Edge Viewer for iPad, a free app that’s set to appear in Apple app store in June.
If you’re a member of Local Motors, you could get access to portions of Siemens PLM Software’s Solid Edge (SE) CAD package for as little as $19.95 a month.
Local Motors, which pioneered the idea of crowd-sourced automotive design and do-it-yourself manufacturing, now offers multiple levels of SE subscriptions at The Forge, a web portal dedicated to member projects. Prices are listed as: Continue reading
With EcoDesigner plug-in from Trayak, Solid Edge joins the growing number of CAD packages that give you the option to perform lifecycle assessment (LCA) of your design. Like Sustainability Xpress for SolidWorks and Eco Materials Adviser for Autodesk Inventor, EcoDesigner for Solid Edge adds a slim column to the CAD program’s window, allowing you to tally up the environmental impact of your design. But there are significant differences between EcoDesigner and its rivals, according to Prashant Jagtap, Trayak’s president and CEO. Continue reading
An unorthodox automotive manufacturer and a new CAD software distribution model are about to come together.
Siemens PLM Software is launching a new edition of Solid Edge, created exclusively for members of Local Motors. The trimmed down version of Solid Edge is dubbed Design1, available for a subscription fee of $19.95 per month in a node-locked configuration (to be installed on a single machine) to those who’re involved in Local Motors projects.
In today’s announcement, Siemens PLM Software explains, “Local Motors and Siemens PLM Software are making available, for a limited time, a downloadable trial of Solid Edge Design1. The trial is being made available now through the end of the year to select Local Motors community members. The entire global community will then be able to purchase Design1 subscriptions starting Jan 1, 2012. ”
The two companies are also delivering a free 3D viewer for the Local Motors community, which will let members exchange and view project files in Siemens PLM Software’s lightweight JT format. Files supported by Design1 include Parasolid, STEP, IGES, SolidWoks, Inventor, and Pro/ENGINEER. (But don’t expect to be able to pass files between commercial versions of Solid Edge and Design1. You’ll run up against licensing restrictions, according to Siemens PLM Software officials.)
Local Motors is pioneering a concept called open-source automotive design. Members of the Local Motors community submit car design ideas, or help refine others’ design — a process dubbed “co-creation” by the company. The most popular design, usually decided by votes, will be built into a functional, one-of-a-kind vehicle at one of Local Motors’ micro factories. (The company currently has one in Phoenix, Arizona, but it promises more locations are on the way.) Continue reading