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Yes, I think you're right, Jack. I do believe there's a fair amount of knowledge and effort required in terms of scanning and manipulating the 3D image of the to-be-printed component in CAD or another 3D type of design tool. I think that's where we'll see a lot of activity over the next few months/years in terms of making the software more accessible for use by non-engineers coupled with less expensive, more off-the-shelf, packaged scanners/3D printers. Should be exciting.
@Jack: Is this the video you're talking about? If so, yes, Munson's 3D printed Ground Zero sculpture is produced using the similar 3D printing technology from ZCorp. It is truly amazing what's being done with this technology, although it is a bit more complex than comes off in this video.
Slightly off topic, but is the technology used in his 3D printer the same that is used in that video of the 3D scanner that's been floating around the internet? If so, not only is this a great tribute, it is also a lasting one. (For those who haven't seen the "scanner" video, they scan a crescent wrench and make a somewhat usable copy).
Munson's 3D depiction of Ground Zero stands among the many noteable ways America remembered the events of 9/11 and the 9/11 victims this weekend. I applaud all of the time and effort he poured into making this sculpture happen and his commitment to ensure that it was part of the formal remembrance. While the many photos and digital clips keep the event etched in our memories so too does this 3D visual map which shows just how much New York City and the rest of the country lost that fateful day.
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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.