Courtesy of Ferrari bearing supplier SKF, visitors to the Design News booth at the National Design Engineering Show had a chance to see six-time World Driving Champion Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 Ferrari. The 2001 car embodies the most advanced technologies in aerodynamics, materials, controls, and powertrains that Ferrari will allow on public display. Also shown were cutaway, cutting-edge bearings SKF develops for racing applications.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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