SolidWorks 98 Windows-native 3D mechanical design software features more than 150 customer-driven enhancements including ease-of-use features, new part and assembly modeling features, and more powerful drawing capabilities. The package includes a tutorial that ships with each license, as well as on-line help and multimedia assistance for new users making the transition from 2D to 3D. Part-modeling improvements include enhanced lofting and sweeping, customized face fillets to define hold lines, and drag-and-drop features with their dependents. Added data-exchange options: ability to import and export assemblies and reference surfaces via IGES and IGES/DXF import of 3D curves.
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.