Indy 500 Drivers Sweat the Tech Details
News 5/18/2012 16 comments This year, when Indy teams search for a competitive edge on the track, they're going to have to dig deeper into the mechanical aspects of the car than ever before in the history of the race.
Nylon 12 Replacements Include Bioplastics
News 5/14/2012 13 comments The worldwide nylon 12 shortage is forcing automakers and suppliers to look at alternative materials with chemical, heat, and salt resistance for quick connectors, multi-layer flexible tubing, and assemblies. Many of the replacement candidates are bio-based polyamides.
Conference Aims to Beef Up Power Plants
News 5/8/2012 6 comments Better materials for constructing electrical power plants, including a variety of alloys, are becoming increasingly important to their operation and have sparked a new international conference on the subject.
Robots Star in 3D Systems' Consumer Push
News 5/1/2012 29 comments With its latest acquisition of My Robot Nation, 3D Systems is adding to its portfolio of consumer-oriented 3D printing technology, which includes the Cubify.com content site and the Cube personal 3D printer.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.