Alibre has raised the stakes in its challenge to engineers to find designs they can't create in Alibre Design 6.0—from $500 to $1,000. The challenge first went out in March as part of the company's marketing program. Alibre wanted to get across the idea that its CAD software, priced at $695, can do most anything higher-priced software can do. Despite entries from several engineers, only Design Consultant Ron Routledge won the challenge. And he bought the software anyway.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.