Absolutely, a tall order indeed. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these kinds of advisor or product analytics capabilities in this area. I know SolidWorks and PTC both have offerings that aid engineers in this effort.
This looks like a good tool to help design engineers identify sustainable materials. Design engineers need all the help they can get. It wasn't many years ago they engineered for function and cost. In recent years they have become the front line in environmental compliance. Now they need to know the materials in every component and all packaging. Plus, they have to document those materials.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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