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Engineers, purchasing professionals and others often submit schematics and drawings in paper form without a CAD file. Some manufacturing companies will insist on a CAD file and will not quote or take an order without a CAD file. Other shops don't need or use CAD files but these shops are often fairly small and have longer lead times because they might be using manual machines instead of CNC. So, a problem for engineers and professionals is a case when they need components, assemblies or tooling made quickly but they don't have a CAD file. Another problem can be CAD file delays. For example, suppose I have a drawing but my supplier wants a CAD file so ...
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This July in San Francisco, California, an annual conference was held at the Moscone Center. This conference is traditionally focused on semiconductor manufacturing and was started a few decades back. The conference originally was held at Bay Meadows which is a part of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. After a period of success, Semicon moved to the Cow Palace, near Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco 49ers, and was held there for a time. Semicon West always draws a large crowd and this year was no exception. Intersolar is much smaller but is also quite intersting and is co-located. Also, our hearts go out to those injured by the plane crash ...
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There is a common misconception that manufacturing is not rapid and that a new additive technology is set to replace existing manufacturing methods. This is not true. First of all, current manufacturing methods can be rapid and often are. Many manufacturing companies, especially in the Silicon Valley area, machine parts in 1-2 days. The parts made by 3-D printers are often not as useful as parts made using conventional methods. For example, if you want a typical metal part or tool, most likely that will not be able to made with a normal 3-D printers. If you want a flexible plastic part that does not have tight tolerances that is the time to look into additive ...
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High School Intern at Ozen Engineering, Inc. researches effect of cell phones radiation on humans…. Since their first commercial debut in 1983, mobile phones have quickly become an integral part of modern society, providing instant communication over long distances and allowing for the world to grow closer as a whole. Recently, a debate has been raging about the safety of the electromagnetic waves produced by cell phones so close to the brain, one of our most critical organs. Many studies attempt to experimentally determine the dangers of long term exposure using both real life experiments and simplistic, one-piece 3D models. Advancing the ...
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The Silicon Valley chapter (Chapter 098) already has a blog called " Short Circuits ," but we're also checking out SME's new platform. From our initial quick scan, here's the good, the bad, and the ugly. We'll have further thoughts as we delve into this some more... The Good They were smart enough not to try competing directly with LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Options exist to bring your LinkedIn information to your profile, pipe in your Twitter posts, link to outside blogs you're part of, etc. Being able to manage your membership online, and see your order history for memberships, courses, etc., is a nice step forward. From a ...
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