IDES, a provider of plastics data management services, announced a release of over 2,000 new plastic material property datasheets on its website, Prospector. Data are presented in ASTM, ISO, and CAMPUS® formats with options to display English or SI units. Supported by the plastics industry, IDES offers the searchable catalog with an inventory of data covering 45,517 plastic materials from 390 global suppliers. The subscription-based directory includes trade name, product name, and detailed property and processing information used to describe a given plastic. Check out www.ides.com/data.
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.