Resource Center

Tools and expert advice for contest entrants, presented by the sponsors. Check out these resources to help you and your team in developing/refining your product designs.

Note: Access to some of these resources requires registration on the sponsors’ sites, which is separate from your contest registration and log-in. 

Numerical Simulation Tools for Design Innovators
COMSOL Multiphysics software provides tools to create and communicate design innovations for electrical, mechanical, chemical and fluid applications.

A First Look at COMSOL Multiphysics®
Watch an 18-minute introduction to multiphysics simulation.

Custom Simulation Applications
See how your team can benefit from simulation apps.

Simulation Applications Explained
Make your organization truly benefit from the power of analysis.

Request a live demo of COMSOL® software
Connect with us for an online introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™


World's Newest Products (Mouser)
Mouser stocks the world's newest electronic components and semiconductors to help speed your time-to-market on new designs. Get the very latest industry product news and become a new product insider. To learn more about this valuable resource, visit

Applications & Technologies (Mouser)
Learn about the latest applications and industry trends with tutorials and white paper design resources on vertical markets by visiting Mouser's Applications & Technologies sites at


Data Conversion & Signal Conditioning Technology (Analog Devices)
Analog Devices, Inc. is the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology. To learn more about ADI, their products and resources, visit

Discover the Newest Products from Analog Devices available at at


The Latest in Semiconductors (Intel)

Intel is the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors. To learn about Intel's processor families, embedded products, resources, etc...visit

To view and learn about the newest Intel products available at, go to


Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Virtual Commissioning
Virtual commissioning lets you identify problems early, so you can make any necessary design changes before the expensive physical integration phase. So why is it worth changing your current development process, which comes with its own challenges and costs? Read this whitepaper to learn why virtual commissioning is a necessity for your company.

Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine
Virtual commissioning is a valuable process that helps companies explore, test, and validate new designs, all while reducing the time and money spent on product development. Discover how a leading manufacturer of injection molding machines used MapleSim to support the development of a new cost-effective design.

Virtual Commissioning With a Model-Driven Digital Twin
The manufacturing and automation industry is highly-evolving and competitive. As product requirements increase, inherent design risks can pose significant problems. The technique of virtual commissioning (VC) can mitigate risk by reducing significant delays and costs associated with the difficult task of system integration and commissioning. Understand key virtual commissioning technologies and discover how they can improve design techniques in the manufacturing industry.

Signal Processing With Maple
Signal processing allows us to transform, analyze and utilize the vast amount of information in our digital world. Maple is specifically designed for describing, investigating, visualizing, and solving mathematical problems, including those that utilize signal processing. In this whitepaper, learn about the key signal processing features in Maple, and how to manage your calculations.

Model-Driven Innovation in Machine Design
The Model-Driven Innovation approach is an invaluable technique when designing complex, dynamic machines. Discover how virtual prototyping and dynamic load analysis can help you reduce machine design costs and get to market faster.



New Developments in Catheter Shaft Components

This webinar is focused on catheter shaft componentry with a deeper dive into polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) liners and fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP). Information provided will contain a mix of polymer material science, specifications of extruded fluoropolymers, engineering considerations for fluoropolymer use and processing of those. We will also cover new developments for PTFE as well as FEP heat shrink including the ultrathin (less than .001” wall thickness) extruded liners and peelable heat shrink.

LCP Introduction to Liquid Crystal Polymers

Liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) present a special category of material which straddles the boundary between an ordinary solid and a liquid. Different from typical thermoplastics such as polyesters and other aromatic polymers, LCPs have significant higher order structure particularly apparent in their liquid phase. Learn about how LCP monofilament has recently been incorporated as catheter braiding and, as a non-metal, is poised to help create the first fully MRI-compatible catheter.

Solutions for Medical Applications

Zeus offers a wide range of biomedical extrusions to get you where you need to be within the body. We use only medical grade resins including PTFE, FEP, PFA, PVDF, PEEK, LCP, ETFE, THV, Pebax®, polyimide, nylon, and more. Our customized extrusions include catheter components, bioabsorbable polymers, and implantables for permanent placement. Free samples of many of our products are also available through our Virtual Sample Locker (VSL).

Pebax® is registered trademark of Arkema France SA

RESINATE SE: Biocompatibility of Plastics

Plastics have many unique properties regarding their manufacturability and production potential. These properties are increasingly being utilized in the production of medical devices and medical packaging. Learn about some of the safety requirements involved in bringing plastic-based products to the market for medical applications.

ePTFE Explained: Fundamentals and Applications

Come find out how a typically difficult-to-extrude material like PTFE can be transformed into a soft and highly flexible material with diverse applications. Learn about nodes and fibrils and how ePTFE morphology can be guided to produce specific properties and forms.


Autonomous driving, smart cities and the new mobility future
Even if autonomy is still mostly in the R&D, balky-science-project phase, vehicle connectivity is increasingly here today. And that’s good news since connected cars deliver a meaningful subset of the societal upside promised by their eventual fully autonomous future selves, especially when it comes to safety, traffic management and navigation.

Autonomy, electrification and the rise of model-based EE design
All firms in the auto supply chain, from the old guard nameplates to Silicon Valley and Chinese start-ups, are facing an unprecedented level of competitive pressure – coupled with new opportunities to gain customers and market share. And all this churn has some very real effects when it comes to how electrical/electronic vehicle architectures, which are more complex than ever, are designed today.

The impact of vehicle electrification on electrical system design
Autonomy and electrification are demanding significant changes to electrical and electronic architectures within vehicles. This is due in part to the introduction of high voltages, increased safety considerations and significant weight reductions needed to maximize vehicle range from electrification, and ‘fail operational’ designs, hugely increased data network loading and virtual validation requirements from autonomy.

Safety first – On meeting the only self-driving requirement that really matters
For the automotive industry to make automated vehicles a reality, it needs to develop smart and safe systems that, through simulation and testing, can convince the wary public, regulators and governments. A robust methodology that focuses on a complete validation and verification framework is key to help the industry move quicker towards complete solutions that lead to faster automated vehicle development.

Driving autonomous vehicle design to mass deployment – A view of system-level validation and verification strategies
Siemens PLM offers OEMs the means to rapidly design and exhaustively test the many nested systems in an autonomous vehicle from ICs to ECUs and EE networks to overall vehicle design, which ultimately entails bridging electrical and mechanical domains. By developing a digital twin of all the advanced integrated vehicle systems, OEM customers can rapidly yet thoroughly test and refine their vehicle’s design before production, saving design cycles and catching flaws that might otherwise create liability issues.


Heilind Line Card
Heilind Electronics, Inc. is one of the world's leading distributors of connectors, relays, sensors, switches, thermal management and circuit protection products, terminal blocks, wire and cable, wiring accessories and insulation and identification products from over 150 manufacturers. View our extensive listing of products and manufacturers in our Line Card.

Heilind Sensor Selector Guide 
Heilind Electronics provides sensor solutions for many applications and industries, ranging from standard off-the-shelf sensors to customized solutions for the most challenging applications. Find the right sensor solution for your product from industry-leading suppliers.

Heilind/TE Connectivity New Product Application Guide
As an authorized distributor of TE Connectivity’s  full product portfolio, this guide provides a quick view of how TE’s newest products provide solutions across a range of market-leading applications. Learn more at

Heilind/TE Connectivity Sensor Portfolio
Heilind Electronics stocks an extensive inventory of sensor-related products from TE Connectivity, capable of measuring most physical characteristics, including pressure, position, temperature, vibration, force/torque, humidity and fluid property, even in harsh conditions.

Discover How Unique Cable & Connector Solutions Are Taking 3D Printing to New Levels
On Demand Webinar - In today's fast paced, quick development cycle market-places, the need for rapid prototyping and quick turn sampling is critical. This webinar discusses how cable and connector systems and solutions can enable your 3D printer designs. We review new innovative products that can provide space savings, and unique cable routing solutions.



Questions? Contact Us.