Bioplastic Packaging Is Cheaper Than Cardboard
Engineering Materials 7/5/2012 30 comments Although bioplastic shipping containers may cost more per unit, they can be cheaper overall since they're reusable and can be recycled back into the supply chain in a closed-loop/reverse logistics setup.
CFD Study Explores Cycling Drag
CAD/CAM Corner 7/6/2012 20 comments With the competitive cycling season underway, a new ANSYS CFD study reveals how to optimize the position of multiple cyclists to reduce drag and boost team performance.
Do We Need Indoor Navigation Apps?
Blog 7/3/2012 18 comments Researchers claim to have developed a way to get a GPS position fix indoors, which might let shoppers' cell phones tell them about products in front of them, or help parents locate their children in malls.
3D Printer From Objet Serves Up Materials Mix
CAD/CAM Corner 7/9/2012 17 comments With its expanded palette including seven different materials and functional properties, the Objet30 Pro aims to give professionals a versatile platform for producing highly realistic parts at a desktop price point.
Aircraft Materials Lighten Up
Engineering Materials 7/26/2012 16 comments Engineers have a broader choice of metals and plastics to help lighten the load and beef up the strength of commercial aircraft designs.
BMW Engine Powered by Aluminum Piston
Engineering Materials 7/13/2012 15 comments An aluminum piston built to withstand the heat and strength requirements of very high-power diesel engines will go into the triple-turbo, 93kW/liter engine for the BMW M550d xDrive sedan.
3D Materials Expand Design Options
Engineering Materials 7/12/2012 15 comments New rigid and rubber-like digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D multi-material printing systems offer improved toughness, more shore scale values, and resistance to heat.
Sustainability Makes for Good Design
CAD/CAM Corner 7/18/2012 15 comments Compliance directives and user demand for greener products are upping the ante, and new capabilities in CAD and PLM tools are helping engineers embrace the practices as just another element of effective design.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.