Legend has it many innovative products were designed on napkins or envelopes. CandleDragon's dotPen Pro hopes to bring that level of freedom to the digital era. The drawing device converts free-hand drawing into vector graphics, letting creative people draw on any flat surface and create data that can be utilized by a host of software tools including Adobe and Corel. An embedded Texas Instruments' C2000 digital signal controller and two imaging sensors triangulate pen position and track pen movement, angle and applied pressure. This data can be uploaded to a Smartphone, Blackberry, PDA or computer using a Bluetooth or USB connection.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.