When National Instruments announced the availability of a LabView preview program for Mac OS X at Macworld last month, it got an overwhelming response from academics and engineers. "Frankly, it was double what we expected," says Kris Fuller, LabVIEW Product Manager.
"I think the most compelling feature of OS X is Unix underneath. A lot of engineers are really excited about having an easy front end." That's not surprising, given that UNIX is the operating system of choice for engineers on workstations. On the Mac for 15 years, this newest version of the software runs on all systems with Jaguar. LabView, which allows engineers to create applications for data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, is in use today by 24,000 companies. That number may be about to go way up. (For more information on LabVIEW for Mac OS X, go to http://www.ni.com/mac/lv_macos_preview.htm)
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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