Last week's Medical Design & Manufacturing Chicago show attracted more than 500 exhibitors and thousands of attendees from around the world with technologies ranging from automation and robotics to electronic test systems and 3D printers.
The UBM Canon event also incorporated a conference focusing on a wide variety of technical topics, including advanced technology, engineering design, and quality control.
Here we offer a look at some of the show's best visual elements. As always, exhibitors displayed their latest, greatest, and most eye-catching technologies.
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Forecast 3D showed off a replica it built of the classic Chevy Corvette LS7 small-block engine using rapid prototyping. Engineers used fused deposition modeling to print the intake manifold from an Ultem 9085 thermoplastic. They made the engine block in a two-step process -- employing stereolithography to build a master and then encapsulating it in silicone to create a mold. The company has used the mold to create 25 urethane castings of the block. The block replica is so detailed that it has real pistons, and oil can run through it. (Source: Design News)
I really liked the Renishaw Equator 300 gauging system - I can see how that would really help QC inspection and increase throughput. Their website offers some great information and testimonials. Here is an interesting video I found that showcases its functionality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkW5NsZxyMA
I can easily where you might think 3D printing is being used mainly for figurines, naperlou, but that happens to be more about the nature of trade shows than about 3D printing. At trade shows, the idea is to get people to stop in their tracks and visit the booth. The Creature From the Black Lagoon accomplishes that more effectively than a medical catheter.
Never do much with? My vinyl art sits on my shelf very nicely as I gaze at it adoringly!
It's no surprise that this technology is being used in that sub-culture/industry. The market went mainstream a while ago. You can get Simpsons, South Park and Marvel collectibles. Real artists, like Michael Lau, need another medium. Geek culture is very popular. This is great for new artists.
Sorry I missed the (Medical-?) exhibition, but I'm a little puzzled as to the content being "showcased" there. I was expecting to see diabetes-self-check-portables, or, heart-rate monitors; but I see mostly Non-Medical, "Wow" factor models of engines& vehicles, skulls & monsters! Maybe I didn't miss anything after all ,,,,, Considering such a high number of Rapid-Prototyping suppliers are attempting to drum-up new business there, I would think they would show more relevant examples to the industry in attendance-? ,,, Like maybe "Clean-Room" equivalent 3D printing-?
This is very similar to when wire EDM's first really started appearing in toolrooms around here. They never demonstrated wire cutting actual die components, but instead the program cut a familiar figure. The one I saw most was Mickey Mouse. Horses were also very popular. I asked a factory rep why and he said just what Charles said, "To catch a prospective customer's eye. Once they stop to talk, we can talk about machine specifics, but if they just walk by that conversation never takes place."
One thing is for sure about this new engine, it is better than the other one. I notice that it looks much simpler with rather fewer parts. However it is very important that the new engines be made so as to ensure that they are more efficient. The efficiency not only goes for fuel consumption but also for reduction of pollution. I have always been a big fan of Chevy Corvettes and this comes as good news. With the improved engine people should be able to explore the full potential of the corvettes so that they become even bigger road monsters.
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The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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