Today’s manufacturing robots are sophisticated mechatronics systems that require PLM traceability and dependency management to ensure engineers in each design domain to understand the impact of their decisions on other domains.
I can relate to the discussion about the major obstacles of integrating data with multiple vendor's tools across multiple domains. With design cycle times becoming more and more compressed, it is so important to have the right data immediately available at a designer's fingertips. As the article stated, too often it seems that we have to spend excessive time digging up, verifying and converting design data instead of spending more time on the actual design itself. The right PLM tools and system can be very beneficial.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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