Illuminate me!—Cockpit displays glow
News 9/4/2000 Post a comment Over the past half-century, Oppenheimer Precision Products Inc. has transitioned from making simple signs into custom-designing illuminated cockpit displays, mostly for military jets and helicopters.
News 9/4/2000 Post a comment With the launch of its new A3 production line, Sprayform Technology International has what may be the biggest sprayforming operation going.
IBM pumps up Microdrive
News 9/4/2000 Post a comment Less than a year after unveiling the stunningly compact Microdrive, IBM engineers have announced that they are tripling its capacity to one Gbyte.
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.