Congratulations is due to Applied CAx's fellow Oregonian, Vineet Edupuganti. The senior at Oregon Episcopal School won the $100,000 top individual award in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Edupuganti developed an ingestible battery that shows promise for diagnosing and monitoring health problems deep in the body. His project, "Development of a High-Performance Biodegradable Battery for Transient Electronics," demonstrates a biodegradable battery that can power medical devices, and eventually dissolves after the device has served its purpose. It could improve options for diagnosing conditions that affect internal organs, such as gastrointestinal disorders which currently require complex imaging or invasive procedures.

"Vineet’s project doesn’t just incrementally improve upon current capabilities – it represents a truly transforming step in creating a device that is both degradable and compatible with the body," said competition judge Dr. David Crouse, Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Clarkson University, in Potsdam, NY.

"Not only did he come up with the idea, he chose the materials, conducted the research, and then engineered a practical and cost-effective device," Dr. Crouse said. "Through this project, he exhibited the entire spectrum of skills, from innovation, through science, to engineering – and this impressed the judges greatly."

Vineet is an aspiring entrepreneur who would like to find real-world applications for research that he can eventually take to market. He is fascinated by the newly-emerging field of biodegradable electronics because he sees its potential to affect change in a wide array of industries. Vineet received a third place grand award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2015 and 2016. He plays classical piano, guitar and tennis.

Vineet’s mentor is Dr. Raj Solanki, Professor of Physics at Portland State University.

Click here for full results from the competition

Applied CAx is proud to present our new software package — Fatigue Essentials. This software is designed to provide a consistent, user-friendly tool for performing fatigue analysis as a standalone package or linked with FEMAP. In this webinar we will explore a simple example within Fatigue Essentials, and then show how to link Fatigue Essentials with FEMAP to generate a damage contour.

This webinar will be held on:
Feb. 9, 2017
8:30am - 9:30am PT

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The new art of manufacturing – going beyond 3D printing

NX CAM is leading the industry with support for new hybrid additive manufacturing technologies, where additive manufacturing (metal deposition) is incorporated into a traditional machine tool environment. By building up complex geometries using additive manufacturing, including internal cavities, then machining them for tight tolerances as they are built using subtractive manufacturing, you can manufacture new classes of parts or consolidate many setups into one with this new hybrid additive manufacturing process.

  • Prototype: Creating prototypes accounts for most of the 3D printing and stereo lithography processes to date. Allowing you to quickly evaluate prototypes will continue to be a strength of additive and hybrid additive technologies.
  • Production: New laser sintering (powder bed) capabilities are moving manufacturers toward using additive manufacturing approaches for part production. The hybrid additive manufacturing techniques will accelerate this trend.
  • Repair: By combining metal deposition and traditional metal cutting into one machine environment, possibilities for repair and refurbishment are wide open. Hybrid additive manufacturing is an ideal solution for this type of work.


To keep up with customer needs, we've recently developed several new NX classes. We're excited to offer these classes for either onsite or offsite sessions.

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Convergent Modeling is an exciting modeling paradigm newly delivered with NX 11. It enables designers to interact directly with Facet geometry, providing productivity gains.

Convergent Modeling gives designers the ability to use a combination of facets, surfaces and solids, without the need for time-consuming data conversion. In addition to its ability to juggle multiple types of modeling data, Convergent Modeling makes it easier for engineers to optimize their projects for 3D printing.

Convergent Modeling, the first technology of its kind, could help engineers optimize part design for 3D printing, speed up the overall design process and make reverse engineering a far more common and efficient practice in product design.

Right on time for Halloween 2016, Siemens has created a video example of convergent modeling using a skull. We’re not sure how many mechanical engineers are out there modeling cranial implants, but it definitely helps us here at Applied CAx have a compelling graphic.



For more, please check out this Convergent Modeling article from Siemens PLM Software.

Major trends in the Industrial Machinery industry — such as increasing customization, regulatory pressures, and the need for smarter machines — are all driving more complex machinery requirements.

  • Customization: Globalization will result in millions of new customers from regions requiring diverse features and pricing. (Source: Joint Research Council Foresight Study, European Commission)
  • Regulatory pressures: The average number of major regulations passed per year has doubled since 2000. (Source: NERA Economic Consulting)
  • Need for smarter machines: From 1970-2010, the amount of software content in machines increased 45%. (Source: VDMA)

IN THIS INFOGRAPHIC, we introduce you to these major trends, and provide a clear understanding of what you can do about them, and how we can help address these challenges.

With design management, you can use product data management (PDM) to centrally manage mechanical, electrical, and software specifications, and information for the entire development team, and streamline your design management.