Tesla CTO Says EVs at Tipping Point
News 3/30/2012 16 comments During his keynote address at DESIGN West this week, Tesla co-founder JB Straubel said EV batteries will continue to offer higher ranges, better performance, and lower costs.
Apple iPad 3 Teardown
News 3/21/2012 23 comments The third generation of Apple Inc.'s wildly successful iPad media tablet features a modified version of Apple's A5 processor, A5X, which has a larger floor plan to include quad-core graphics, according to a teardown analysis.
iPhone App Accesses Braze Alloy Data
News 3/19/2012 10 comments The Wesgo Metals app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch helps engineers evaluate braze alloys by including the forms in which a given alloy is available, along with that alloy's mechanical properties.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.