Software company, think3, has partnered with GlobalSpec Inc., an online technical product resource for engineers, to give customers access to supplier and product information from the thinkdesign and thinkteam products. The partners have developed a database of more than 45 million parts from more than 9,500 supplier catalogs, all found under the co-branded website, http://think3.globalspec.com, which automatically transfers parts information from suppliers to think3's bill of materials.
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.