Chrysler's cruise missile
Features 10/20/2003 Post a comment The Dodge Tomahawk, a four-wheel motorcycle that accelerates from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, could turn out to be the ultimate status symbol for speed-conscious auto enthusiasts
D-Days in Detroit
Features 10/6/2003 Post a comment If you think black smoke and balky engines when you hear the word diesel, Detroit has a surprise for you. Diesels just may be the ticket to a clean, quiet, fuel-efficient future.
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.