Titanium affords a long-life muffler
News 12/18/2000 1 comment While titanium is more expensive than stainless steel used in current high-performance mufflers, it is about half the density (with the same strength) and virtually impervious.
The winner is...
News 12/4/2000 Post a comment The neat looking mystery car we asked readers to identify in the annual auto issue of Design News (DN 10.02.2000, p. 34) is the Saab Quantum III roadster, seen on the cover of the July 8, 1964 issue.
Comsats on wheels
News 12/4/2000 Post a comment Delphi Automotive Systems has demonstrated one of the first mobile Satellite Digital Audio Receiver Service (SDARS) systems to make a connection to a digital radio signal.
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.