The 3D MEMS Design Challenge is the world's first micro-device design contest. Held by MEMGen Corp., the competition is open to all individuals who have commercial or research interest in micro-device design, manufacturing, or use. Top three winners will be awarded prototypes of their designs and cash prizes from $2,500 to $10,000. Entries must be submitted to MEMGen by April 15, 2003. Go to www.memgen.com.
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.