Thank you, Ann for this article. As an animal rights advocate I appreciate the possibilities this offers for teaching aids. Medical schools are migrating from animal models to virtual or simulated models as teaching/learning media. Before someone interrupts and says, "but you need the real thing to ..." let me just say that if it is possible to reduce violence and suffering of animals, isn't it morally incumbent to do so whenever possible? This technology can help make the world a less cruel place.
Interesting question. We've been writing about 3D printing for surgical guides, implants and medical/dental models for a couple of years now, but I've never heard of any related regulations. The only medical-related regs I've seen are for materials, in this case plastics, 3D printed or not. There are several different classes of regs, depending on whether they touch the skin, mucous membranes, are implanted, etc.
Combining 3D printing with cloud-based services is one of the latest trends in this area, part of what's being called distributed and/or remote manufacturing. The cloud could technically include faxing, as in the Zeus 3D printer/faxer/scanner/copier we wrote about last week http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=267490
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.