If Autodesk’s Inventor 2010 release has piqued your interest and you’re looking for a fast and convenient way to navigate through all its bells and whistles, here’s a suggestion. The firm has loaded up a library of videos on YouTube to give Inventor users (as well as non-users) a taste of what’s available in the new release.
Currently, 13 videos showcase demos, tutorials and tips and tricks info on new Inventor capabilities like Moldflow integration, AEC Exchange and advanced simulation functions. Want to know more about the software’s cable and harness design capabilities? There’s a YouTube video that illustrates how Inventor maintains electrical design intent and reduces errors by importing wire lists directly from AutoCAD Electrical. Similarly, another video delves into the new sheet metal capabilities of the 3-D CAD software upgrade, including its flat pattern editing environment, dedicated sheet metal commands for making folds, hinges and flanges and its ability to define sheet metal punch libraries to reduce CNC milling costs.
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.