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.
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.