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3D Printing Today: How Industry is Using and Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing Technology

Are you currently using or planning to implement 3D printing? Find out how your business compares to the broader industry in this major new study, conducted with NASA Tech Briefs magazine. Among the study's conclusions:

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Symbolic Techniques for Model Code Optimization: FMI Applications

Since its inception, the FMI standard has become the primary method for model transfer and co-simulation, providing a smooth, error-free technique for design engineers to deliver their work without manual integration or resorting to other proprietary tools. At the same time, advanced symbolic technologies have emerged that provide extremely fast auto-generated code for the implementation of dynamic system models and enable advanced analysis applications. This paper describes symbolic techniques employed under the hood for dynamic system model formulation and optimized code generation. One application where the FMI standard has been used is for generating a functional mockup of an automatic transmission from MapleSim, and implementing it in dSPACE's SCALEXIO to perform a full-vehicle, real-time simulation.

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Assisting An Aging Population: Designing Medical Devices With Force Sensing Technology

With the geriatric population on the rise, design engineers are challenged with designing responsive, noninvasive, user-friendly medical devices that cater to the needs of an older generation. Patients are looking for cost-effective, easy to use assistive tools that help them regain independence and confidence in their everyday life. Force feedback is a key feature for many of these devices that provide the user and doctor with great insight that ultimately results in better quality of life for the patient. Medical devices with force feedback allow design engineers to create innovative products that differentiate them from the competition. 

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The Fast Guide to Protecting COTS Electronics with Conformal Coatings: The Basics of Acrylic, Silicone, Urethane and Parylene Conformal Coatings

Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronics are used frequently for military and aerospace applications. They need to provide unquestionable performance, operating without fail under often extreme, severe, and rugged circumstances for extended periods of time. Some COTS applications that demand solutions superior to normal use are:

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Why Surface Contact Pressure In Your Manufacturing Process Matters

This white paper explore the various methods available for measuring tactile surface pressure between contacting or impacting surfaces. Knowledge of the distribution of pressure between contacting surfaces is integral to ensuring the highest quality product with minimal production losses.  Many types of technologies specialize in the recording and analyzing of tactile surface pressure and this paper describes the pros and cons of each type.

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Selecting Miniature Motors for your Medical Devices

The creation of small, portable infusion pumps opened a new chapter in medical care. A patient can receive carefully metered and timed doses of medicine, without requiring a visit to the medical practitioner, allowing life to be less restrictive. Ambulatory pumps have been developed to deliver insulin, nutritive supplements and anticancer drugs.

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Mikrotron Cameras Bring Accuracy, High Performance, and Flexibility to 3D Trajectory Reconstruction

Static two-dimensional images have proven to be of great analytical value, but analysis in more dynamic environments depends upon accurate and continuous imaging of three-dimensional volumes. Fluid motion often presents that type of dynamic environment. For example, turbulent fluid flow through irregular media — such as water flow along a gravel streambed — is almost impossible to represent with a closed-form mathematical model. To study such situations, researchers turn to a technique called 3D particle tracking velocimetry, or 3D-PTV. Mikrotron cameras have proven to be invaluable elements of high-performance 3D-PTV systems.

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