Flexible and rigid plastics join forces-inside a blow mold
Features 1/20/2004 Post a comment Hybrid injection molding technology, which joins metal and plastic inside the mold to produce structural components that offer the best of both materials, has been around for more than a dozen years now. But Bayer Polymers, a pioneer in this technology, has now come up with a brand new kind of hybrid based on extrusion blow molding.
Network to link top nanotech labs
Features 1/20/2004 Post a comment The National Science Foundation has created a network of 13 universities with well-established nanotechnology research programs, aiming to help them develop materials, manufacturing techniques and educational materials that will advance state of the art in the field.
MEMS' Fantastic Voyages
Features 1/12/2004 Post a comment Micro electromechanical devices have come a long way since they were simply researchers' toys. And the software for designing and analyzing them has come a long way, too.
More 'Power' for the Parking Project
Features 1/6/2004 Post a comment How do you deal with a CAD model that has 500,000 components, and when you open the file it consumes 3.7G bytes of memory? Beefing up your computing power to a 64-bit workstation is one solution, as engineers at EPAQ CARE Solutions learned when they designed an 11-story, 470 bay, fully automated parking garage.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.