Chris woke up one day and realized he had been at Arena since 2005, creating all of the user manuals and written content in BOMControl. He can usually be found fussing over the BOMControl help system and has a terrible fear that somewhere in the hundreds of pages, there may be a typo. In previous jobs, he has written technical and marketing content for a variety of manufacturers, whose products range from disk drives to heating valves. Chris enjoys distance running, soccer, pinball machines, slow foreign films and chasing his toddler daughter around the house. He tries out each blog post on her before publishing it, and is still waiting for comprehensible feedback.
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May 24, 2012
When you’re developing new products, branching into two development paths is an important part of your process. You need to be able to work on both designs simultaneously, and you need a PLM system that makes it easy. The Duplicate functionality in Arena BOMControl allows you to branch...Continue reading »
If you make a change to one of the components on a bill of materials (BOM)—say you’ve found a superior component or your current component is going end-of-life—you need to know with complete confidence whether the component appears in other BOMs. Not knowing where a component is used isn’t...Continue reading »
Aug. 3, 2010
The Herman Miller Mirra office chair has a lot of good things going for it: It is made of 42% recycled materials It is made with no PVC (read about PVC problems here) It is 96% recyclable It is Greenguard-certified and may qualify for LEED creditsContinue reading »
Here’s another one in the category of products that *really* make a difference in the lives of users. Atomic physicist Joshua Silver has developed “Adspecs”—fluid-filled adjustable eyeglasses—and with his organization, The Centre for Vision in the Developing World, is distributing...Continue reading »
Two Rice University students have created a low-cost product that could allow doctors to save lives in developing countries. Sophomore Lila Kerr and freshman Lauren Theis assembled a working centrifuge out of a salad spinner, some plastic lids, combs, and yogurt containers. The “Sally Centrifuge”...Continue reading »
April 26, 2010
MAKE Magazine and Makerbot are holding a contest for the best design for a 3D-printable object, and the prize is a Deluxe CupCake CNC 3D Printer Kit. From the MAKE magazine blog: 1. Imagine something you’d like to see...Continue reading »
April 20, 2010
Thanks to The Impossible Project, Polaroid film is back, and production of Polaroid cameras is following. In the 1960s, half the homes in America had a Polaroid camera. By the year 2000, 13 million of them had been sold. Then, in 2007,...Continue reading »
Feb. 23, 2010
I’m kind of a vinyl nerd. When things get hectic, I retreat to the man-cave in my garage, play some pinball and play my records on a little turntable perched on my workbench. I’ve always been curious about the process for making vinyl records. I found the answer in...Continue reading »
As we start the Arena blog, something else is ending—the decade. And that means best of (and worst of) lists are popping up everywhere. One of the lists that caught my eye is Laptop Magazine’s Best & Worst Gadgets of the...Continue reading »