Engineers at Watershot Inc. (www.watershot.com) recently designed a new underwater camera housing without first building costly prototypes. The enabler: CAD software. The company used SolidWorks to develop the Zuccarini underwater camera housings. In the process, engineers created a gear tower mechanism that transfers the axial motion of the external camera housing controls 90° to the axial rotation of the iris and focus bezels on the lens inside the housing. "The gear tower assembly was the most complex mechanism we had designed up to that point," says owner Steve Ogles.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.