Two companies with different slants on the 3-D market marked some major milestones this week. 3Dconnexion, the maker of a popular family of 3-D mice, announced it has shipped more than one million 3-D mice for supporting 3-D design tools from such companies as Autodesk, PTC, Dassault Systèmes and Siemens PLM Software. To mark its “One Millionth 3-D Mouse Milestone,” 3Dconnexion will offer users a variety of opportunities to win and try out their own 3-D mouse.
Direct modeling software provider SpaceClaim talked up some good news of its own related to 3-D design tools. Touting significant customer wins with Tyco Electronics and LG Electronics, among others, SpaceClaim said it was enjoying a 40% year-over-year increase in new customers in addition to tripling sales in 2010. SpaceClaim CEO Chris Randles attributed its success to more cross-functional engineering teams tapping the tool to develop and test new 3-D product concepts before committing to costly and expensive detailed design in CAD.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.