Dayton, OH-based Budde Sheet Metal Works Inc. is managing its CAM data with version 5 of MetaCAM software from MetaMation, Inc. (www.metamation.com). Engineer Ryan Gudorf says the move will help the company reduce manufacturing errors. Gudorf, who uses Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) for CAD, says if he opens a CAM file created from a Solid Edge file that's been redesigned, he'll get a warning that the CAM file may not comply with the CAD file. "That will help ensure that we will never produce an out-of-date part," he says. MetaCAM is a Solid Edge Voyager Program partner application.
Additionally, Gudorf reports productivity increases. "We have reduced what used to take thousands of mouse clicks and eight hours of time to 10 mouse clicks that take about one minute," he says.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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