Sunshine Hearts C-Pulse Enters U.S. Clinical Trial

By Tim

The C-Pulse, an innovative heart pump designed by Sunshine Heart with the help of Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA, has entered into a U.S. Feasibility study. YouTube Preview Image

The goal of the trial is to enroll 20 patients at 6 clinical sites. Dr. William Abraham of Ohio State University and Dr. Patrick McCarthy of Northwestern University Medical Center are the national co-lead principal investigators. Trial locations and eligibility requirements can be found here.

In my previous post on simulating devices and treatment for the human heart, How Do You Mend a Broken Heart , I mentioned how Sunshine Heart’s life saving heart pump is intended to be used in patients with moderate heart failure as an alternative to open heart surgery.

The heart pump can be implanted in a patient in a one-hour operation with no blood contact, which offers the potential of lower complications and costs. The decreased risks make the C-Pulse available to a larger group of patients.

You can view the U.S. news casts with patient testimonials and learn more about the how the pump works at Sunshine Heart’s website.

Best,

Tim

How Can You Hear the Voice of Your Customers?

By Oleg

Last time I talked about the connection between PLM and World Content. You can see my previous post here where I explore the connection between physical and virtual worlds.

But what about the connection between the virtual worlds we use to develop products using PLM 2.0 technologies and the virtual worlds of our customers? They are not the same.

This is should be pretty cool, right?

When I first time thought about it, my initial take was about simply analyzing and monitoring social networks. You can learn a lot by trying to search what people are saying about your product on Twitter. Try http://search.twitter.com and you can discover a lot of news about your product and/or services.

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But you can go and discover much more information about what you customers are saying by analyzing and monitoring different Web content. Take a look on this cool video from Calif. company Attensity.

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So, what we learned. PLM has a huge potential to be connected to the outside worlds of consumers, not only by providing virtual services related to designing and manufacturing products, but, I believe, in the future also by analyzing how to listen to the voice of your end customers, the consumers of the same products.

What do you think?

Best, Oleg

3D CAD–it’s not just for breakfast anymore

By Matthew

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It’s pretty common to visit a blog run by a CAD vendor and read stories about interesting things Customer X is doing, whether it’s advancing the state of the art, or just doing something different. But how often do you see stories about the people who work for the vendor doing interesting things in their own lives?

Something we hear over and over is that people think SolidWorks is fun to use, and they use it at home to do various things. There are people here who use SolidWorks to design decks for their houses, or make toys, and even design cars. You name it, they’re probably doing it. Maybe it’s a hobby, maybe an obsession–who’s to say?

Here’s a perfect example. Last week, I got an email about Steve Beaudet, who is a training specialist here in Concord. Steve and his friends have purchased a 1994 Chevrolet short school bus and turned it into the ultimate New England Patriots road trip party wagon. These guys have built a website documenting the transformation process, and you can see how Steve used SolidWorks to design some of the elements. If you’re a fan of tailgating, short buses, or the Pats, it’s worth taking a look. I think they had fun.

How about you? Are you using 3D design in your day-to-day life? Show us what you’re doing, and maybe next time you’ll be the one featured here.

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