SolidWorks is offering free seminars including a 3D skills program held throughout the summer at various locations in each state. Many of these seminars offer a free 90-day trial of SolidWorks software. The events last three hours and are conducted by a SolidWorks certified trainer. Other seminars include a SolidWorks hands-on test drive that trains prospective users by having them design an actual part; a CosmosWorks hands-on test session in which a certified engineer guides trainees through a handout guide; and a PDMWorks seminar that takes users through the design environment. To sign up for one of these seminars, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-513.
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.