Electronic engineers from the† R&D department at Philip Morris U.S.A. of Richmond, VA. Work on their Robolab entry.
Engineers are taking on children and college students in a†LEGO construction project, striving to see who can develop the best autonomous vehicle.† Tuesday, teams came together to spend three hours building Lego vehicles that use National Instruments hardware and software that can follow tape lines to various pickup stations and carry objects back to the starting point.
Wednesday evening, 20 teams will compete to see who can pick up the heaviest payload during their two-minute shot at fame. Not only must the vehicles heft payloads from their station to the dumping base, they must also determine whether itís best to pick up hefty golf balls, lighter Silly Putty eggs or lightweight cylinders. The fifth annual NI Week contest will also include four judgesí awards in addition to the winnerís prize.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry ďto fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].Ē
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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