Want to see and experience the digital prototyping experience in real life? Autodesk is betting that more and more customers do. That’s why the firm last month opened the doors to its first Customer Briefing Center in Lake Oswego, OR. The goal for the state-of-the-art interactive facility, Autodesk officials say, is to inspire designers and engineers by exposing them to new technologies that will stimulate creativity, increase collaboration and foster greater innovation.
At the heart of the Customer Briefing Center are exhibits that allow Autodesk to showcase its digital prototyping technologies at work for creating next-generation products in a number of industries, including automotive, consumer products and industrial machinery. Some of the standout exhibits: A demonstration of how Autodesk tools were used to create a wheelchair that improves quality of life for its users and an advanced remote-controlled demolition robot arm.
Following the opening of this center, Autodesk intends to build additional Customer Briefing Centers in various locations worldwide. Said Buzz Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing, “As Autodesk opens more locations worldwide, we look forward to engaging even more customers with facilities and programs that stimulate learning, discovery and dialogue.”
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.