A joint venture between Johnson Controls and Saft Advanced Power Solutions is developing lithium-ion batteries for hybrids and electric vehicles. General Motors tapped the technology for potential use in its Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid SUV. Lithium-ion technology offers advantages in packaging, energy storage and energy-delivery performance compared to the NiMH batteries used in hybrids today. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium is supporting the project, predicting the extended range that comes with longer battery life will enhance the attraction of hybrids.
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.