Robotic contests are always a big draw for engineers, and they’re seen as a great way to get youngsters interested in science and technology. Lego Mindstorms are on display in Texas at NIWeek 07, with teams ranging from 11-year-olds and high school students to professional engineers.
They’ll be competing on a course used to teach Ohio State University engineering students how to program. The Mindstorm robots must track a line to find a colored block, then figure out what color it is and deliver it to a bin coded for each color. Teams will be given 45 mins to program their robots.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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