Delcam has added a new level to its PS-Moldmaker drawings—3D. The highly automated system allows designers to take their traditional 2D drawing skills and apply them to drawings in 3D. PS-Moldmaker is integrated with powerSHAPE hybrid modeling program. Using these two programs together enables the user to produce non-standard components or mechanisms. It also allows companies to eliminate 2D models and instead develop an entire mold in 3D by one team. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-512.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.