Ford Motor Co., Detroit, and DERA have formed Holographic Imaging, a joint venture to accelerate vehicle design. DERA, originally a U.K. defense research agency, has developed advanced 3D imaging technology to be used by Ford to create full-scale virtual digital models of prototype vehicles. Savings will come from reduced reliance on hard models, redesigning features in real time, and holding multiple design reviews simultaneously. For example, an instrument panel can be viewed in full scale from behind the wheel or the passenger seat to get customer feedback months before a physical mock-up could be built. Both Ford and DERA will retain equal stakes in the new company, which will be based in the U.S. Contact: Tom Scott, email@example.com.
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.