MCAD Tech News #1884 Oct, 2006 By: Jeffrey Rowe
Technology Takes Center Stage at IMTS 2006
While many trade shows are waning, IMTS is gaining momentum and offering exciting opportunities for the manufacturing sector
With the advent of the Web and other electronic and digital marvels, I rarely attend trade shows and industry conferences anymore. I’m not exactly alone, either, as attendance at most traditional trade events has dropped off dramatically during the past decade. However, I attended IMTS (the International Manufacturing Technology Show) 2006 a few weeks ago in Chicago and found it to be very worthwhile. Again, I was hardly alone, because at this event, attendance exceeded 91,000 for the first time in six years. It occupied more than a million square feet, so there was literally a lot of ground to cover.Beyond its sheer size, what was impressive about IMTS? Well, there were tons of manufacturing technologies to check out -- everything from robotic workcells to multi-tasking machining centers for cutting metal to software for controlling all of the robots and machines -- plus some indications of what the future might hold for manufacturing. Read more>>
by Mike Hudspeth, IDSA
In the early 2D days of CAD, when that acronym meant computer-aided drafting, not design, it helped to have an artistic eye. If you didn't have an artistic person at the computer, your drawings didn't turn out that well. I started out drafting, and fortunately I've always had an affinity for 3D sculpture and drawing. In short, I can see and imagine 3D space. Why was that important? Because drawing orthographic projection requires the ability to imagine what the object looks like from different angles. If you worked from actual parts or a model of your design, the process was much easier. But in my experience, drawings were necessary long before such parts or models were available. Read more>>
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