Hand-painting a prototype to make it look as much like the finished part as possible is a painstaking and time-consuming process. Z Corporation's Spectrum Z510 3D color printer eliminates the need for painting, potentially shaving days off the design cycle. Compared with other rapid prototyping systems the printer is said to be more than five times faster and far less expensive. The Z510 enables 3D color printing with a build size of 254 × 356 × 203 mm (10 × 14 × 8 inches) in high-definition (24-bit) detail for rendering smaller features and more complex geometries than previously possible. It also allows users to add notes, engineering labels and graphics to help communicate design intent.
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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.