Nation's First Robotics Engineering Degree Program

  • Botball - Middle and high school students form teams and design and build autonomous robots that must perform a series of tasks, such as placing colored balls in the right color goals.
  • BotsIQ -- Created from the popular TV show BattleBots, the program includes a complete curriculum of STEM education and teacher training that culminates in students designing and fabricating robots competing nationally and locally in four different types of competition: task oriented, fully autonomous, and 15- and 120-pound robots that face head to head challenges.
  • MATE ROV - Teams from middle school through college use guidance from industry professionals to design sub-sea ROV's that perform tasks such as salvaging objects from the bottom of a pool to simulate real-life recovery operations at great depths.
  • BEST Robotics - Students in grades seven through 12 form teams to design robots for performing tasks such as hang up wet laundry and take down dry laundry or replace batteries on a mini-replica of the Hubble Telescope.

Dassault Systemes PLM Gains Momentum
According to Dassault Systemes, its ENOVIA MatrixOne PLM products are playing a strategic role in a growing range of industries as companies adapt to fast-moving markets and shrinking windows of profitability. The new market realities are not confined to PLM's traditional stronghold in product data management (PDM) for discrete manufacturing. Consumer product, apparel, high-tech and other industries face the same regulatory environments as their heavy manufacturing counterparts, and even more intense market pressure because of volatile consumer demand. Executives in industries ranging from automotive to food processing, speaking at the recent ENOVIA MatrixOne Global Customer conference, described a common set of strategic challenges that they are addressing with ENOVIA MatrixOne PLM products.

Autodesk And PTC Announce Interoperability Agreement
Autodesk and PTC announced a technology exchange agreement to expand interoperability options. This agreement fosters a common goal of facilitating software interoperability for organizations with multi-CAD environments. This interoperability agreement aims to decrease the overall effort and costs that are commonly associated with supporting these environments. Autodesk and PTC plan to provide customers with out-of-the-box integrations between their solutions that will enable organizations to work more efficiently with the product development strategies currently in place and the flexibility to adopt future strategies. This agreement enables PTC to leverage Autodesk's RealDWG software development toolkit and deliver solutions using Autodesk's DWG technology, so that PTC's products will be interoperable with Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD. Similarly, Autodesk can utilize PTC's GRANITE 3D modeling and interoperability kernel to provide enhanced integration with Pro/ENGINEER.

PTC Reaches Legal Settlement With RAND
PTC announced that it has reached agreement with RAND A Technology Corp. and Rand Technologies Limited to settle all pending litigation between the parties. The parties agreed to settle their disputes to avoid further litigation costs. Neither party admitted liability with respect to any claims made. PTC previously announced that if a settlement were reached before the filing of its 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K, it would be treated as a subsequent event that would impact earnings results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006. As a result of the agreement to settle and consistent with its earlier guidance, PTC has recorded an operating expense charge during the fourth quarter of 2006 that lowers fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings results announced on November 1, 2006 by $0.02 per diluted share. There was no impact on revenue.

EdgeCAM Helps Keep Racing Team On Right Track
In the super-competitive world of motor sport, producing quality car parts on demand can mean the difference between losing or winning a race. Nowhere is this more true than in the cut-and-thrust of the Australian V8 Supercar series where Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia (888) has been the driving force behind this year’s historic victory for Ford in the Bathurst 1000 motor race. In 2004, 888 installed EdgeCAM Solid Machinist from Pathtrace as a key element in the expansion and improvement of its in-house machine shop. The team had previously outsourced its machining jobs and was looking to increase productivity in order to be able to respond faster to requirements for components for its Ford Falcon race cars. Senior machinist, Neil Prior, investigated the market to find the best combination of CAD/CAM software and CNC machine tools for his purposes. Two systems reached his shortlist and EdgeCAM was selected to operate with the HAAS lathes and mills in the machine shop.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at Email Contact or 408.850.9230.

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