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5 Jan, 2015

John McMillan Long gone are the days of manually backing up and archiving PCB design data or running scripts or routines that bundle-up a targeted set of design files in a time-stamped zip file. Proper archives are essential, not only to back up design data but to manage, share and leverage the design data as well. The latest design archiving tools provide a powerful design-driven storage methodology that not only … Read More

31 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen Military and aerospace (mil/aero) engineers and executives know all too well the (very long) time it takes to see a new technology designed, developed, tested, manufactured, and fielded. Long acquisition cycles have long plagued the mil/aero community—in some cases, leaving soldiers and astronauts waiting egregiously long for much-needed solutions. Times are changing, however, and new tools, systems, … Read More

31 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) completed the first phase of a NASA technology demonstration by printing a tool (a ratchet wrench) with a design file transmitted from the ground to the Zero-G 3D printer in space. “For the printer’s final test in this phase of operations, NASA wanted to validate the process for printing on demand, which will be critical on longer journeys … Read More

30 Dec, 2014

Paul Johnston “We certainly want your ideas and our goal is reply, enrich and decide on what we should do with any idea as soon as possible. This does not mean that we are going to implement every idea, that is not possible for a number of reasons but mainly due to resource and our desire to ensure that we are answering our customers’ principal business needs 1st.” This is a quote from Andy Reilly, Product Marketing … Read More

30 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen One of the hottest trends to hit the military and aerospace (mil/aero) market is additive manufacturing, which is more widely known as three-dimensional (3D) printing. This year, in fact, NASA hit a new milestone with 3D printing. Mil/aero systems, applications, and end users are benefitting more and more from the adoption of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems and components, especially from the … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

John Day Visteon announced this week that it has upgraded its relationship with Rightware from a collaboration to a strategic partnership. The firms are focused on automotive user interface (UI) and human machine interaction (HMI) solutions that leverage high-definition 3D graphic rendering technologies to provide photorealistic graphics inside the vehicle. Visteon said that its LightScape™ instrument cluster … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen The team at the European Space Agency (ESA), headquartered in Paris, has secured its and the Rosetta mission’s place in the history books with an historic landing on a comet. The Philae lander was equipped with limited battery power with which to perform several tests before it would be forced to hibernate. In the limited timeframe, Philae successfully relayed all its self-tests and scientific data, … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

John McMillan 2014 was a very busy and exciting year for PADS. Here is a look back at the top 3 PADS blog topics of 2014! NEW – In 2014 the website was launched. Now it is easier for everyone–from existing PADS users to interested explorers–to gain access to everything PADS! NEW – PADS VX Release ! The PADS VX release brings the industry a complete approach to desktop PCB design, … Read More

29 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen It is customary to look back at the major accomplishments of the previous 12 months as each calendar year comes to a close. This year, the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community has logged several technological achievements, not the least of which was landing on a comet for the first time in history. Scientists, engineers, and officials at the European Space Agency (ESA), with headquarters in Paris, … Read More

24 Dec, 2014

Boris Marovic Hello to all non-believers and believers. For those of you who do not believe in Santa and are looking for ways to prove that he does not exist, this post will show you some scientific reasons why he can exist. And for those who do believe in Santa, see this as prove to your believes. As for me, well I like to believe in the spirit of Christmas and like to spend my time with family and friends and of … Read More

24 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen The European Space Agency (ESA) launched its Rosetta spacecraft in 2004, a full decade ago. The military and aerospace (mil/aero) mission achieved a first in 2014, when ESA staffers landed on a moving comet. While en route, the spacecraft rounded Mars and even snapped a few photos of the Red Planet’s surface as it passed by. Also in 2007, Rosetta was misidentified as an asteroid and briefly labeled … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen Rosetta has topped many industry pundits’ lists as one of the top technological achievements of the year. 2014 has seen several military and aerospace (mil/aero) achievements, such as in robotics and small (cube) satellites, but the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta mission tops them all. Indeed, the Rosetta mission tops a majority of industry pundits’ lists of major achievements, including firsts, … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

John Day Ford says SYNC® 3, its new communications and entertainment system, features faster performance; more conversational voice recognition; a more intuitive, smartphone-like touch screen and an easier-to-understand graphical interface. It promises seamless integration of AppLink™ to control smartphone apps, Siri Eyes-Free for iPhone users, over-the-air software updates and subscription-free emergency calling … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen 2014 saw more than its fair share of firsts, according to “2014: The Year in Sci-Tech” airing on The Science Channel, owned by Discovery Communications. Innovators in the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community logged many of these achievements made for the first time in history. Among these impressive firsts was a major milestone achieved by the European Space Agency (ESA), headquarters in Paris. … Read More

19 Dec, 2014

Robin Bornoff Sure, most modern homes have much more advanced water heating systems than a big tank with an electric heater element. Systems that work on ‘point of use’ heating concepts that heat the water as it is being delivered, not heating up a large storage container for later use. One day I hope to live in such a house! Until then I’m going to worry and fret about the amount of money spent … Read More

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