Urbee to Be First 3-D Printed Car
Features 12/20/2010 5 comments Kor EcoLogic is throttling up digital prototyping tools and 3-D printers to accelerate the prototype stage of its Urbee hybrid vehicle development project
Design Decisions: Cable Carrier Specification
Features 12/16/2010 Post a comment When designing machines, cable carriers are critical to protecting the cables and hoses used in the moving parts of the system. This Design Decisions installment explores the key specification points for making the right cable carrier decisions.
Model-Based Design for Automation
Features 12/9/2010 Post a comment For OEMs, modularity of systems is not yet a widely deployed factor in the product development cycle. To make systems reuse a part of the design strategy, self-documenting simulation models can help sustain inter-departmental know-how and reduce time to market.
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.