You know how things slow to a crawl during the holiday season. Well, here’s something fun to fill any downtime you might encounter.
TraceParts, a digital engineering content company, has launched its first Christmas Tree Model Contest. Through December 31, 2007, engineers are invited to build a Christmas tree using components downloaded from the TraceParts Online CAD library. Three winners will be selected and the best rendered images will be published on TraceParts corporate Web site. The Christmas trees should be designed in 3D using any CAD or picture editing software and should include as many components as possible from the TraceParts OnLine CAD library.
Contestants must send the rendered images of their tree before December 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winners will be announced on January 7, 2008. So what’s the prize? The first place winner gets 1,000 free CAD model files from the TraceParts Online ‘Licensed’ catalog, second place winner gets 600 files and the third place winner is eligible for 200 free files.
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.