Autodesk believes that when engineers start product design projects by focusing on a product's function, rather than on its geometric parameters, they are far more likely to deliver an accurate design in far less time. The company estimates that functional design can improve accuracy by as much as 80 percent and cut development time by more than half. Inventor 10 incorporates new components that support such functional design, by making it easier to depict a product's operating concepts. The new software also includes Inventor Studio, for photorealistic rendering and animation. Other enhancements make design creation and changes easier to manage, and allow engineers to work with large, complex assemblies more efficiently.
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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.