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Alibre Design Newsletter - March 2011

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Presenting your champions: 2010/2011 Alibre Design Contest Winners


Sound the trumpets! After a more than a month of peer voting on entries originally posted on, the 2010/2011 Alibre Design Contest has come to a close. This year's winners showcase the wide range of products being created by engineers, designers, and hobbyists with the help of Alibre Design. Visit the contest page on our website to see the winning entries and learn of the people behind them.

Alibre Design 2010/2011 Contest Winners

Alibre Powered

MacGyvering with Madox


With a background in mechatronics, John Chan works as an ICT engineer designing computer systems for trains. In his free time, Chan chronicles his digital diversions under the handle Madox where he shows us how to hack his new Alibre designed iPhone- controlled mecanum rover robot.

Check out the story here.

Tattoo gun made in Alibre Design

Tech Tip: Using Inter-Design Constraints to Update Features in Other Parts


Often times during the design process, features in one part are based upon features in another part. After changing the first part you have to go back and manually update the features in other part. Editing the part from within the context of the assembly can give you some time-saving advantages. In the above engine assembly, we want the three holes on the Intake to always be aligned to the corresponding three threaded studs of the Engine Block.

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Using Inter-Design Constraints to Update Features in Other Parts

Gadget Freak: Automation Comes to the Harmonica


Here's a little extra content provided courtesy of Design News.

Advanced Automation has been edging into our working lives for decades. While most of the inroads made by automation have been in manufacturing, these technologies are being increasingly applied in entertainment. Jon Sorkin has created a gadget that plays programmed songs with a harmonica. The device, known as the E-Sharp, uses two standard "C" harmonicas and plays them with compressed air. The E-Sharp can play a number of simple tunes. When the device is on, an LCD displays the name of the project and the developer's name, followed by a prompt to select a song.

Read full Gadget Freak article here.

Automation Comes to the Harmonica
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