It's always a shame when quality is pushed way down the priority list over profit. I spent some time in Germany working at an engineering firm. I was really taken back by their focus on quality above everything else. It's no wonder BMWs and Mercedes are premium priced cars. They build their houses the same way. But I suppose in a country (USA) where everyone demands a premium-living lifestyle, a bit of greed must come into the equation in order to finance that lifestyle and unfortunately, quality must take the back seat.
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.