Gear design programs, available in 70-plus versions, run under Windows 95 and NT and allow users to select gear design from a pull-down menu. Wizards guide the user through unit set selection, normal data entry sequence, plot configuration, profile coordinates, and other processes. Because of TK Solver's OLE support, the Windows gear models can share data and results with all segments of a company's knowledge base, including external databases, graphics applications, and such programming environments as Visual Basic.
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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.