Did you know that table saws are responsible for 60,000 accidents every year—or one accident every nine minutes? The most common occurrence, naturally, has to do with severe injuries to the fingers, resulting in nearly $2 billion in injury-related costs annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Steve Gass, a lifelong woodworker with a doctorate in physics, recognized the need for a safer saw. He founded SawStop, which created a saw design that automatically retracts a blade when it touches a finger, eliminating many of those serious injuries. The saw runs with a small electrical current on the blade and when the blade touches a finger, the current drops and engages a brake—a process that happens in only three milliseconds.
Pretty amazing design, yet a fairly standard design process. To make sure the table saw performed as expected and could stand up to constant use, SawStop turned to a simple 3D CAD combination: SolidWorks 3D CAD software and its COSMOSXpress and COSMOSWorks Designer analysis software.
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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.