Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
Wolfe's Den 2/1/2012 46 comments The unusually anthropomorphic automatons coming out of Japan raise this question. We asked participants in our Systems & Product Design Engineering and Automation & Control Engineering groups on LinkedIn what they think.
3D Printer Takes Paper-Based Approach
CAD/CAM Corner 2/1/2012 29 comments An Irish firm is offering a printer that employs ordinary paper to create 3D models, along with a novel pricing model that charges for print service plans, not hardware.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.