In December 2007, Objet Geometries announced its new PolyJet Matrix technology for creating rapid prototype models using multiple materials. The technology and the Connex500 RP system that uses it made its U.S. debut on the show floor at SolidWorks World 2008.
The system is yet another leap forward for the rapid prototyping industry by enabling the simultaneous jetting of multiple model materials in a single build process.
The system provides 600 x 600 dpi models in both the x and y axes, with model walls as little as 0.6mm. The company claims the highly precise printing delivers 0.3-mm tolerance across large models. There are up to 21 materials to choose from that deliver such features as translucent parts, the ability to coat parts for a rubber-like appearance and parts with combined rigid body and flexible material.
The machine is 55 x 44 inches wide and 44 inches high.
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.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.