Textiles aren't just for clothes and furniture. A new exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York will put a number of cutting-edge textile applications on display. Opening April 8, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance will showcase the engineered textiles used in military, aerospace, medical, architectural, and environmental applications. The exhibit will organize these textile examples according to key performance attributes—stronger, faster, lighter, smarter, and safer. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4389-514.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.