Taking a part that was assembled from several components and reducing it to one 3D-printed part has obvious benefits like weight reduction. But there are also other value propositions that start from the beginning of the design phase and reach towards end-use safety and reliability.
The challenges faced by the designers of medical devices and refrigerators are diverse, and the problems posed by aerospace engines and computer products also stretch their designers in different ways.
There are some trends building steam in the home appliance industry. After a long period of sameness, the major appliance industry is undergoing a design and innovation renaissance and the changes have only just begun.
It seems for decades now that none of us has the time to enjoy preparing a home-cooked meal. The planning, the shopping, the prep, the cooking, the serving, and finally—the consuming. Work, commuting, social engagements, and all of your kids’ activities can make preparing a daily meal nothing short of impossible.
Don’t be surprised if your next refrigerator arrives with a 20-inch high resolution color LCD display, touch screen interface and WiFi connectivity. More and more appliances are integrating sophisticated user interfaces along with the ability to communicate with their owners or the internet as part of a “smart home.”
The Ultramec 6C is an low-profile pushbutton option for handheld devices or in applications that are limited in both space and height. With significantly smaller dimensions than the previous range of Multimec switches, the new Ultramec 6C tactile switch features an 8x8mm footprint, maximum height of 2.5mm and standard J-bend terminals.
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions introduces three innovative sensor-based solutions. The devices help improve comfort, convenience and accountability, and new extension boards simplify the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Methods 3D Inc., a subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools Inc., has introduced the 3D Systems’ ProX® SLS 500 Selective Laser Sintering production 3D printer featuring fast speeds, high print resolution and an extensive range of engineered composite materials.
Haier FlexFit ductless systems provide a solution to mix and match the same indoor unit with both single zone and multi-zone outdoor units, effectively reducing the time and cost of inventory management.