The Michael Graves Design Group (MGDG) will present how think3 (www.think3.com) has helped the company speed up design cycles at the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) National Conference on Oct. 28. Attendees will hear about how, after more than 800 products created for retail giant Target, MGDG continues to achieve speed-to-market. MGDG uses thinkdesign® and many of think3's services and technologies to design products from 2D sketches to finished parts.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.