You’ve heard all about how 3D technology can be tapped to design everything from football-field-size airplanes to the latest high-tech mountain bikes. Well, what about employing 3D to solve one of the world’s great mysteries: How the Great Pyramid of Kheops was built.
Jean-Pierre Houdin, a French architect, has come up with a theory, which is says is scientifically proven thanks to the use of Dassault Systemes’ real-time 3D solutions. At a recent conference, Houdin created a virtual reality auditorium using seven networked computers running Dassault’s Virtools to recreate the pyramid construction site in 3D, exactly as it was 4,500 years ago.
Houdin’s theory is based on three foundations: The use of an outside ramp to build the first 43 metres of the pyramid; the use of an internal spiral ramp running behind the faces of the pyramid to complete construction; and the use of the Great Gallery to accommodate a system of counterweights to lift some of the heavy granite ceiling rafters, which can weigh in at up to 63 tons.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.