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Making It Real

A rapid prototyping system is now available that makes parts and molds from powder that's melted by a laser, then solidified in place based on a computer program Although that may sound familiar to those who are acquainted with rapid prototyping techniques, what makes this system different is that metal powder being melted can even be tool steel It's called "Direct Metal Deposition"

Analysis Software: From A to Z

The entire lifecycle of a product—from design through production—can exist in a virtual world available for simulation, analysis, and optimization And for each problem in that lifecycle, there's an analysis tool

This Changes Everything

Although the subject of the implications of the Internet tend to be hyperbolic—to say the least—two consultants spell out how those implications are undoubtedly going to change the way both you and the organization you work for operate—and in the not-to-distant future (ie, approximately right now)

Missing One Putt Every 163 Years*

Six Sigma Quality can make a huge difference to a company's bottom line Some organizations are making it a way of work

A Reflex Is More Than an Involuntary Action

The car guys at Tenneco Automotive can't help but develop new technology—it's a part of their culture

Missing One Putt Every 163 Years

Six Sigma Quality can make a huge difference to a company's bottom line Some organizations are making it a way of work

Two More Doors, One "New" Truck

The one truism in this industry right now is that trucks make money So how do you build more different trucks? Just ask Dodge

Improving Design Quality

"A lot of attention is paid to manufacturing quality control," observes Gavin Finn, president and CEO, Prescient Technologies (Boston, MA) "But in engineering, where there are virtual product models, that quality philosophy is not established"According to Finn, the number of errors generally within models is such that "it's not even one sigma"Think about what this means

A Reflex Is More Than an Involuntary Action

The car guys at Tenneco Automotive can't help but develop new technology—it's a part of their culture