A Mechatronic Submersible: the Super FalconHawkes Ocean Technologies, a world leader in designing manned submersibles, gives the Mechatronics Zone a sneak preview of its latest creation, the Super Falcon. Read More
A Bright Future for Adaptive OpticsA new low-cost adaptive optics development kit debuted at the Photonics West show. With adaptive optics now outgrowing its roots in astronomy, the kit comes not a moment too soon. Read More
Flying Heads: A Mechatronics MarvelMarquette University Professor Kevin Craig explains how hard-disk drives are a premier example of the application approach to design. Read More
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National Instruments Smart Cameras combine a monochrome CCD image sensor with a real-time embedded PowerPC processor in a small, rugged package. Capable of acquiring VGA (640 x 480) images at up to 60 f/s, NI Smart Cameras work with the entire suite of vision algorithms available in the NI vision software platform. Get started with the NI Smart Camera – watch the 4 minute video. Click Here.
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As engineers across all disciplines increase their use of mechatronic principles, we’ve realized the term mechatronics is being practiced under several names. While some call it mechatronics, others call it smart design or intelligent design. What do you call it? Drop me a line.
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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.