At the show, embedded operating systems giant, Wind River Systems, Inc. talked about its use of the Virtutech Simics simulation to develop multicore versions of its embedded software products. Peter S. Magnusson, founder and chief technical officer of Virtutech, told media at the show that such modeling can be used for so-called "nightly builds," in which engineers of large products, even cars and airplanes, can create rough models in a day. "We're beginning to see situations where you build the hardware to match the software, not the other way around," Magnusson said. "When you have 20 million lines of code in your product, that's the way you have to do it." (Look for more on the concept of "nightly builds" in a future issue of DN.) Read more about Simics at http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-576.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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