VX Version 6 CAD/CAM software features new curve editing and lofting tools designed to eliminate surface discontinuities and speed complex shape construction. A point cloud tool reportedly provides reverse engineering from existing products or prototypes, and a Quick Milling tool suite simplifies operations and speeds tool and die machining. A hybrid modeler, the software allows designers to blend solids and surfaces in creating the product geometry, while an intelligent mold design assistant automates development and mold production. VX Corp., www.vx.com. Enter 576
Providing the design envelope, DesignXplorer™, allows for structural and thermal performance simulation responses to be studied, quantified, and graphed within the design parameters for both parts and assemblies. The software features a reportedly easy-to-use graphical user interface, as well as advanced parametric control for immediate feedback on proposed design modifications. The 2D design curves verify design changes quickly, while both traditional and nontraditional optimization may be used to meet a variety of design objectives. Ansys, www.ansys.com. Enter 577
Pro/CONCEPT is a conceptual design software program that allows users to fold sketching and modeling into one package. Tools included may be used for sketching, image retouching, painting directly onto 3D models, curve and facet modeling, and real-time and photorealistic rendering. Crossover between 2D and 3D is simplified with common paradigms, and users may work initially in 2˝D to ease the transition to 3D. Using this software in conjunction with the company's Pro/ENGINEER and ProductView, designs and product concepts may be shared with the "digital value chain" of suppliers, partners, and customers. PTC, www.ptc.com. Enter 578
3D simulation program
Powered by ADAMS motion technology and fully embedded inside the CAD interface, COSMOS/Motion allows users to detect moving interferences between CAD assembly components, view effects of forces and collisions between parts, and output load data to COSMOS/Works and COSMOS/DesignSTAR. The software automatically interfaces both of these, allowing CAD users to perform analysis and motion simulation on their models within the same environment. For more detailed motion analysis, users can also visualize animations synchronized with XY plots of engineering data. Structural Research and Analysis Corp., www.cosmosm.com. Enter 579
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.