Modern Machine Shop; Oct2004, Vol. 77 Issue 5, p84-88, 5p, 4 Color Photographs
PROTOTYPES and MACHINING
Discusses prototype machining operations at the company Eastern Science based in Rowley, Massachusetts. Background on the company; Ways of capitalizing on prototype projects; Variation in materials used for prototype jobs.
The article reports that a research group at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts is at work on a scheme to devise robots that would evolve both their electronic brains and their bodies to meet each user's prescribed needs. The robots would then build themselves by a rapid production method similar to 3-D printing or rapid prototyping, a method of manufacturing objects, usually by depositing and curing successive layers of material. These machines are intended to reproduce themselves and that is a characteristic they would share with animals and plants.
COMPUTER software industry, BUSINESS enterprises, and COMPUTER industry
Reports on growth in systems performance modeling software industry by a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based market research firm Daratech Inc. Possible reasons for growth in the sector; Reasons for investments in digital prototyping technology.
Manufacturing industries, Orthopedic apparatus industry, Metalwork, and Rapid prototyping
The article features manufacturer Tecomet, a division of VIASYS Orthopedics, based in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Tecomet serves the orthopedic apparatus industry. Marketing and international sales vice president Jean-Paul Burtin mentions that the firm focuses on metalworking. Among the services of Tecomet are machining and polishing and laser marking for implants. The LaunchQuick service introduced by the company offers a seamless transition from prototyping to full-scale manufacturing.
Conferences & conventions, Information technology, Architecture & technology, Design education, and Educational technology
The article discusses the highlights of the Design Information Technology Summit held by the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Virginia School of Architecture from February 29-March 1, 2008 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This event was reportedly organized to share the experiences of executive information technology (IT) staff and professors who integrate emerging digital media into their teaching. Topics addressed include the approaches used by Ivy League schools and state schools to their rapid prototyping model shops.
Prototypes, Algorithms, Embedded computer systems, and Motor vehicles
The article presents information on the added embedded systems in vehicles, which help in the improvement of performance, safety and maintenance. According to Jon Friedman of MathWorks Inc. in Natick, Massachusetts, a better approach to design such systems is to make a rapid prototype than to read pages of specifications. It is said that MathWorks' Simulink gives a rapid prototyping environment for system-level modeling and algorithm development.
Laboratories, Occupations, Research & development, and National security
The article offers information on career opportunities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. The laboratory, which is one of 10 Department of Defense Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, is involved in developing advanced technology for national security. They focus on creating and prototyping new capabilities and technologies. The laboratory's attractive features include its collaborative, and multi-disciplinary environment . They encourage U.S. citizens who are willing to do challenging development and research to apply.