The softest thermoplastic elastomers—those measured on the Shore 00 scale—haven't traditionally been easy to turn into finished products. Now GLS Corporation (www.glscorp.com) has come up with the Versaflex CL2003, which features hardness of just 30 Shore 00. Yet the material, which comes as free-flowing pellets, can be injection molded into finished components or overmolded onto other substrates. Samples of the material exhibit both a water-clear complexion and a non-oily feel.
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.