Fantastic course! I'm just getting caught up now, thanks for the archive as I just did not have time to participate in the first part of the year. Outstanding pick for the instructors for this series. John's expertise in this area is indisputable. Having listened to two of his lectures I can state that he is an excellent teacher and I appreciate his effort to go back and answer questions and attention to detail in his postings. Thanks, John! Your reputation is well deserved.
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.