Few engineers argue with the need to collaborate. Fewer still argue with the need to save time in design. Engineers at the design firm Enser say they have been able to do both. But, says General Manager Marco Arnone, it hasn't been easy, especially with the firm's clients in the power generation industry. Design team members are scattered all across the globe, he says. Case in point: The Siemens/Westinghouse Power Generation field division. Many of the engineers whose design review is needed can be traveling for weeks, he says. "We send them prints overnight, but by the time they got to them weeks would have gone by." Arnone says Enser cut that time down to days instead of weeks by using Windchill® ProjectLink™. "The Siemens engineers just call up the model on a computer wherever they are," he says.
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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