In what may be a growing trend, Del-Tron Precision has presented its entire linear bearing product line in movable 3D images and downloadable CAD models on its website. The 3D and CAD functions enable visitors to its website to pan, rotate, and zoom in on any of the company's linear bearing products, and even directly insert product CAD models into their own drawings without downloading. Visitors may download a 3D model in one of about 100 different formats. For more info and to view Del-Tron Precision's products in 3D, go to www.deltron.com or to www.CADRegister.com, an online resource that provides downloadable CAD models from different manufacturers.
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.