Mechatronics Zone Blog

DraftSight Launches For Linux

By Beth Stackpole | March 10, 2011

Fresh off its release last month of DraftSight for Windows, Dassault Systèmes followed up this week with a beta release of a version for Linux. Like its no-cost 2-D CAD Windows-based predecessor,...

3-D Technology Providers Hit Major Milestones

By Beth Stackpole | March 8, 2011

Two companies with different slants on the 3-D market marked some major milestones this week. 3Dconnexion, the maker of a popular family of 3-D mice, announced it has shipped more than one million...

Air-Powered Motors

By David Greenfield | March 8, 2011

Over the past year, I’ve run into lots of discussion around the pros and cons of pneumatic and hydraulic actuators versus electronic actuators. Both have their positives and negatives depending...

ThreadX RTOS Application Modules Need Less Memory

By Jon Titus | March 7, 2011

Many mechatronics designs rely on a real-time operating system such as ThreadX from Express Logic. This type of small RTOS requires less memory than other operating systems such as Windows, Linux,...

The Security and Barbecue Connection

By David Greenfield | March 3, 2011

After spending nearly a decade following the enterprise software business and nearly another decade in the automation and control space (note that neither instance was a full decade — I’m not...

ANSYS Dials Into NSF-funded Smart Antenna Project

By Beth Stackpole | March 1, 2011

Here’s a cool project that could help overcome the annoyance and frustration of unreliable wireless signals and connections. Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., has received a $1.2 million...

Designing the Future of Manufacturing

By David Greenfield | February 28, 2011

There’s been no shortage of discussion over the past few years about how well Germany’s industrial sector weathered and emerged so well-positioned from the most recent recession. Many industry...

Designing Manufacturing's Next Step

By David Greenfield | February 28, 2011

There’s been no shortage of discussion over the past year or so about how well Germany’s industrial sector weathered and emerged so well-positioned from the most recent recession. Many...

Testing the Future of Gas Turbine Engines

By David Greenfield | February 25, 2011

In all the talk about fuel-efficient engines, safety is rarely one of the principal issues discussed. But when you consider that fuel efficient engines tend to run much hotter and at higher speeds...

The MCAD "Smackdown" Continues

By Beth Stackpole | February 24, 2011

It’s been an on-going discussion in engineering circles, at times become a raucous debate and now some of industry’s most respected veterans are gearing up to address the issue in what...