Medical Design Conference Showcases Products
News 2/28/2012 9 comments More than 2,200 exhibitors descended on the Medical Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, rolling out products ranging from robotics and automation solutions to packaging machines, conveyors and materials.
3D-Printed Jaw Used in Transplant
News 2/27/2012 38 comments A recent jaw transplant using a patient-specific prosthesis created with additive manufacturing techniques showcases the potential of 3D printing for advanced medical applications.
Amphibious Craft Navigates FEA Waters
News 2/15/2012 6 comments FEA analysis helped optimize the articulation arm at the core of the ARKTOS amphibious craft, which gives it the mobility to seamlessly navigate between extreme environments.
PartMaker Brings CAD to CNC
News 2/3/2012 4 comments Branching out from its CAM software roots, PartMaker is adding a 3D CAD modeling component to its PartMaker portfolio, acknowledging that machinists need better tools for working with 3D models.
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.