With more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition addresses the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It explores this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
Dubbed MIT-Manus for the link between its general therapeutic focus and MIT's motto, "mens et manus" (mind and hand), the robot has been in development for about 11 years (see MIT Tech Talk, March 16, 1994; May 20, 1998; and November 24, 1999). Professor Hogan stresses, however, that "we don't want to replace human therapists, and I don't think we ever could. Rather, we'd like to provide a tool to increase their productivity."
Millions of plastic machine parts are used in devices, appliances and engines. Still, hardly any other part is as underrated in mechanical engineering as the plastic plain bearing. To demonstrate the potential of polymer bearing technology for innovative systems, the manus competition is honouring unique products with plain bearings again this year.What are we looking for?The industrial applications of plastic plain bearings that are sought after stand out due to their technical, economic and ecological efficiency or the developer's creativity. The focus lies on the technical superiority of plastic in mechanical engineering:Where has a plastic bushing solved a long-lasting problem?
What new opportunities does the use of plain bearings open up?
How did polymer bearings improve an application in the long term?
The application deadline for manus 2023 has expired. We wish all 480 contestants the best of luck.
Jury sessionThe application deadline for manus 2023 has expired. This year, too, we received numerous submissions from all over the world, which will be assessed at the jury meeting on 14th March 2023. Award ceremonyOn 19th April 2023, the time has finally come: the winners of the manus 2023 will receive the award at the Hannover Messe. All award winners will be informed in advance. The award ceremony will take place at the igus trade show stand.
The manus award is a joint initiative which the plastics specialist igus announces every two years. More than 3,000 contestants from across the globe have entered the competition in recent years, which honours the creative use of polymer plain bearings in industrial applications. This year, the manus award celebrates its tenth anniversary. A good reason to look back: what has become of the last nine winners and their projects?Winner 2003 - Bottle cleaning machine bearingsWinner 2005 - Ispection device for a drilling riserWinner 2007 - Splitting machine for leather production Winner 2015 - Robot for cochlea implant surgery
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