In case you haven't noticed the fewer seconds it takes to chug a beer, the aluminum can has trimmed down its weight by about one-third. And that Bud may be back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days. With 63 billion aluminum cans recycled by Americans in 2000, the recycling rate has increased to 63%, up from 25% in 1975, as reported by the Aluminum Association (www.aluminum.org). Ultimately, those cans returned $1.2 billion to consumers and occupied a diminishing 1% of total landfills.
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.