What company isn’t thinking more seriously about sustainable design these days? With that in mind, Autodesk is experimenting with a new tool that can help manufacturers make more responsible materials decisions.
As part of its digital prototyping story, Autodesk has released the Sustainable Materials Assistant, a software add-in that works with Autodesk Inventor 2009. The tool helps manufacturers incorporate environmental design considerations early into their product design initiatives with the goal being to help reduce their product’s environmental impact while still meeting performance requirements.
With new property fields provided in the Sustainable Materials Assistant add-in, Inventor users can highlight information about the toxicity, recyclability, carbon footprint and regulatory compliance issues associated with the various materials they choose. There are also reporting capabilities that analyze and aggregate the properties of a particular material base so an extended design chain can compare and communicate around issues of sustainability.
The Sustainable Materials Assistant is available as a free technology preview download on Autodesk Labs.
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.