With the unrelenting time-to-market pressures facing design engineers nowadays, you don't want to spend much of your product development cycle waiting around for physical prototypes and initial production parts. Rather than weeks or months, you're thinking in terms of hours or days. That's why rapid prototyping and manufacturing comes up again and again when we ask Design News readers about the technologies they care about the most. In this new blog, we'll cover a range of prototyping hardware and strategies you can use to get parts in a hurry. Check back regularly for posts on rapid prototyping machines, high-speed machining, rapid tooling and the emerging field of rapid manufacturing. And if there's something you would like to see covered, drop me an email at email@example.com.
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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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.