Using SolidWorks design software, Aurora, IL-engineering firm The DiMonte Group has designed a voting machine that will enable handicapped citizens, including the blind, to vote. The machine, to be manufactured by AutoMARK, will be beta-tested in Phoenix during this year's presidential election, and will be commercially available in 2005. With a touch screen, brail keypad, audio, and "sip and puff" technology, the AutoMARK machine is designed to comply with new federal regulations that take effect in 2006 mandating that all precincts in the U.S. provide technology to enable the handicapped to vote unassisted.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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