Instant ‘Scan-To-CAD’ with 3D Scanner, Software Integration

Thu, 11/21/2013 - 5:16pm
Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor

Integrating Scan-Based Design with Inspection Solutions

Integrated 3D Geomagic scanner and software offer instant ‘scan-to-CAD’

3D Systems has announced Geomagic Capture, a family of integrated desktop scanner and software tools for scan-based design and inspection.

Geomagic Capture is available in six configurations. Each package includes a compact, ultra-precise, blue light LED scanner directly integrated with Geomagic software.


Streamlined Simulation Process

Motor Design Limited (MDL) has teamed up with CD-adapco to create a link between MDL’s Motor-CAD and CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ software.

This collaboration aims to improve the accuracy of a fast analytical approach, while simplifying the modeling process of the CFD computation by combining Motor-CAD’s analytical air flow and heat transfer transient calculations with the detail and accuracy of STAR-CCM+ flow calculations. A simple interface enables users to transfer the Motor-CAD geometry into STAR-CCM+ within seconds.   


Board Design Support for HMI Solutions

Reducing BOM cost, PCB area, and power requirements for shorter implementation design time.

Altium Limited has released PCB design content for Altium Designer users supporting the FTDI FT800 family of HMI solutions.

The FT800 family, with its EVE (Embedded Video Engine) Technology, combines display, audio and touch in a single chip. The content release includes live supply chain solutions providing an accurate picture of overall project BOM cost, and assisting in sourcing the components quickly.

Altium Designer subscriber’s gain access to Altium’s content vault, which includes board design support for more than 140,000 components from Linear Technology, Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, Microchip, Maxim, and more.

Multifunction NI R Series Devices

Implementing measurement or control systems with the most widely adopted bus on the market.

NI R Series for USB offers 4 new customizable devices that can help augment PC-based systems with programmable FPGAs. Features include:

  • Onboard Kintex-7 FPGA, programmable with the LabVIEW FPGA module.
  • 8 analog inputs with independent sampling rates up to 1 MHz, 16-bit resolution, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V .
  • 8 analog outputs with independent update rates up to 1 MHz, 16-bit resolution, ±10 V.
  • 32 digital lines configurable as inputs, outputs, counters, or custom logic with speeds up to 80 MHz.
  • 16 digital lines configurable as inputs, outputs, counters, or custom logic with speeds up to 10 MHz.
  • Selectable logic levels: 1.2 V, 1.5 V, 1.8 V, 2.5 V, 3.3 V.


Building & Debugging Embedded Systems

Embedded development toolchain delivers leading benchmark results for Texas Instruments’ MSP430 core.

IAR Embedded Workbench for MSP430 is a complete set of tools for building and debugging embedded systems based on the 16-bit MSP430 microcontroller family. IAR Embedded Workbench includes a C/C++ compiler and a comprehensive debugger.

EEMBC CoreMark results published by Texas Instruments depict a score of 27.70 CoreMarks running at 25 MHz, resulting in a normalized score of 1.1 CoreMark/MHz. Compared to previous results for MSP430, the scores are increased by around 40 percent.


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