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Newsletter for February 2009

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Application Brief: Analyze the Path of a Liquid Handling Robot

Liquid-handling robots are becoming valuable tools for almost any researcher or technician working in a biological or chemical laboratory. Traditional fluid-handling techniques are manual, labor-intensive, and time-consuming. They impair productivity, cost-efficiency, and throughput.

A common mistake made by individuals with limited experience in robotics or control theory is fine tuning each of the robot's axes independently to desired position and speed criteria instead of tuning each axis with respect to the others.

In this application, engineers use MapleSim to:
• Design an accurate model of the liquid handling system
• Import the data path in Maple to analyze how accurately the path is being followed
• Create an animation to visualize and interpret the results

To read the entire application brief, click here.

To see MapleSim in action, click here.

MapleSim chosen as Editor’s Pick-of-the-Week

MapleSim was chosen as the “Editor’s pick-of-the-week” by Anthony Lockwood, Editor of Desktop Engineering Magazine. “Maplesoft has earned its stripes over the years by developing Maple, the symbolics mathematics engine that is as much of a standard as you're going to get. The same might just be said about the MapleSim multidomain modeling and simulation tool one of these days.”

To read the full review,
click here.

Maplesoft is now on YouTube!

Review training movies, recorded webinars and recordings of the Maplesoft e-symposium series. The short training movies are an easy way to find out how to do common mathematical tasks using Maple and the recorded webinars provided in-depth knowledge of Maplesoft tools. The e-symposium series offers an opportunity for you to listen to industry leading professionals from some of the most prominent organizations in the world. Get valuable information about important new developments in the field of engineering and mathematics.


Maplesoft Blog Posts

Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.

String Me Along
According to the urban legend described, text is still readable if all the letters in a word apart from the first and last are randomized. Read More>>

Postcard from the road: Humanoids in Montreal
Legendary robots like the various space arms on the International Space Center and the shuttle are based on models built by Maple. Another impressive and futuristic application has been of humanoid robotics – i.e. robots that look and move like people. Read More>>

Driving Green Design
A dramatic change in how we interact with the environment demands an equally dramatic change in how we develop technology. Read More>>

Physical Modeling – Killer Application No. 2 for Symbolics
Now, finally, a second killer application for symbolic computing is emerging. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.

Tips & Techniques
Product Tips and Techniques: Creating Task Templates
Author: Maplesoft

Visit Tips & Techniques on the Maplesoft website for more applications.


Application Center Highlights

Elliptic Functions and Simple Pendulum Animation
Author: Dr. Ahmed C Baroudy

Kissoide (Zissoide)
Author: Prof. Josef Betten

Oscillations of a Liquid Column
Author: Maplesoft

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Introduction to MapleSim: The Next Generation in Engineering Modeling and Simulation
Friday, February 20, 2009 2:00pm EST.

MapleSim builds on Maple’s extensive numeric and symbolic computational abilities to perform high speed simulations of very complex models. MapleSim offers a number of advantages over traditional systems: it has the ability to mix physical components and traditional blocks; model diagrams map directly to the physical system; it offers natural multi-domain modeling; advanced units management; live design documentation; automatic generation of system equations; and model simplification using symbolic techniques.

For further details or to enroll in a Webinar please click here.

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