Winners of the 5th annual CIAS Motor Trend International Design Contest were announced at the California International Auto Show, held in Anaheim, CA. Contestants were challenged to design a tuner car for the year 2020. Taking the top award (and $2,500 cash prize) for best of show, Steve Cook of Portland, OR redesigned a Dodge Charger R/T (below). The contest is aimed at amateur, student, and professional designers who, this year, had to choose a car make and model, and then include features applicable for the year 2020.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.