Keithley Instruments Inc. (http://rbi.ims.ca/3850-508) has developed the free Nanotech Toolkit—a set of software tools that can shortcut many measurement tasks by providing common routines used in testing nanotech devices. The toolkit is compatible with Keithley's Model 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System, which offers sub-femtoamp (10-15) current measurement resolution and measurement routines for testing a carbon nanotube-based transistor, a bio-component, molecular transistor, molecular wire, nanowire, and a nanocell.
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.