and that is predicting the market. For us, is VR and AR
heading towards mobile devices, requiring smaller, lower
power everything at low costs? Or is there a call for bigger
solutions, such as installations into things like arcades and
In the next 3 years, what current or future
innovations will impact your specific engineering
discipline the most? How will you specifically be
utilizing those innovations?
Vice President, Pentek, Inc.
High-level, graphically oriented tools have been evolving
for decades to deal with both obstacles raised above:
complexity and thermal management. FPGA design
engineers can now easily work with complex logic blocks,
each containing thousands of elements that have been
abstracted to a high level function. They are manipulated
into a larger design by dropping them onto a worksheet and
interconnecting them by drawing lines. Each year, these
tools and methods become more powerful and easier to use.
Thermal modeling tools that harness finite element
methods, fluid dynamics, and other techniques are
advancing both in accuracy and computation speed.
After entering the dimensions, locations, and materials
of each component, 3D thermal performance of
complex systems can be simulated under many
operating conditions, saving the time and expense of
building and testing its iterative designs.
Director of Product Management, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
I like to call 3D printing “automated manufacturing,”
because, as the name implies, almost everything is
automated or has the capability to become automated. In
our current landscape, technology is starting to emerge
that delivers scale and speed requirements for the
production stages of the product lifecycle. The machines,
in order to realize the production capabilities of the
technology, need to automate as much as possible. What
will get us there is software that supports and replaces
manual functions. We need software that can assess and
adjust details throughout the build process and into post
build, like which part to build first and ways to automate
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