ASU site of largest academic additive manufacturing center in the southwest US

Gail Overton for LaserFocusWorld:  By forming a partnership with Concept Laser (Grapevine, TX), Honeywell Aerospace (Phoenix, AZ), and Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT; Tempe, AZ), the largest additive manufacturing (AM) research facility in the Southwest is now on the Polytechnic campus of the Polytechnic School at Arizona State University (ASU; Tempe, AZ). The 15,000 square foot center holds over $2 million of plastic, polymer, and 3D metal printing equipment and the Polytechnic School at ASU offers the only manufacturing engineering undergraduate degree in Arizona and is one of only 22 ABET accredited manufacturing engineering programs in the United States. The lab has a Concept Laser M2 cusing and Mlab cusing machine which are dedicated to 3D metal printing, also known as metal AM. Unlike conventional metal fabrication techniques, AM produces fully dense metal parts by melting layer upon layer of ultrafine metal powder. The Polytechnic School is using the machines for a wide range of research and development activities including materials development and prototyping complex mechanical and energy systems.   Cont'd...

ALPHA-RLH showcases innovations from nine cluster members at Photonics West this month

Products on show include ALPhANOV's PRISM-Award-2017-finalist 'GoSpectro', a device that turns smartphones into light spectrometers Novel devices improving imagery, laser accuracy and speed will also be unveiled at ALPHA-RLH stand #1823 during the event

WSI GLOBAL ANNOUNCES IT MANUFACTURES THE WIDEST RANGE OF REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR OEM PACKAGING EQUIPMENT

Parts produced cost effectively and shipped around the world with fast turnaround

CSIA Upgrades Industrial Automation Exchange

Improvements make it easier for system integrators, clients to connect

RAE Corporation, a Model for American Manufacturing with Strong History and Family Focus

Company's success forms the backbone of the local economy

Automate 2017 Conference and Expo Comes to Chicago April 3-6

Broadest Automation Event in North America to Explore the Future of Automation

Access to Top Automotive and Aerospace Manufacturers Plus Industry Learning at UBM's Inaugural Ohio Event, Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland

The new show, ADM Cleveland, takes place on March 29-30 at the Cleveland Convention Center and offers two days of free industry education, automotive and smart manufacturing conference content, and a dynamic expo experience.

BitFlow Announces Five Key Machine Vision Technology Trends for 2017

Identifies Industrial Internet of Things and CoaXPress as trends set to impact machine vision markets

Special Tradeshow Coverage for ATX West 2017

ATX West will be held from February 7th - 9th in Anaheim, California. This ManufacturingTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

3D graphene: MIT scientists develop super-light, super-strong structure

Weston Williams for The Christian Science Monitor:  Many scientists consider graphene to be one of the most potentially useful materials ever created. The atom-thick chain of carbon atoms are strong, light, and promise many applications, from energy storage to pollution removal to waterproof coating. While graphene has been studied since the 1940s, scientists have had considerable trouble constructing it into a structurally useful form on a three-dimensional level. But now, scientists at MIT have figured out how to build up graphene into useful, 3-D shapes with the potential to be lighter and stronger than steel. The new research marks an important step forward for the material. The hexagonal structure is essentially an "unrolled" carbon nanotube only an atom thick, usually only functional on a two-dimensional level. Despite this limitation, graphene is more than 100 times stronger than steel, and converting that two-dimensional strength into a structure usable for three-dimensional building materials has for years been something of a holy grail for graphene researchers. And now, scientists may be one step closer to that conversion.   Cont'd...

Piab acquires Vaculex and strengthens growth prospects

Acquisition enables Piab to enter the growing vacuum lifter business. A strategic step for successfully leveraging global automation and productivity trends.

GE Additive Education Program Accepting Applications from Schools for 3D Printers

GE is now accepting applications from schools for the GE Additive Education Program (AEP). GE will invest $10 million over the next five years in two educational programs, to develop pipelines of future talent in additive manufacturing. Enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing, worldwide.

Quiet and High Speed 3D Printer - FabPod™ Silent

Quiet and High Speed 3D Printer - FabPod™ Silent Japan's Bonsailab exhibits at CES2017

Multi-Axis Photonics / SiP Alignment Motion Engines Released; Based on Award-Winning Technology

New complete systems for ultrafast alignment tasks are available in single or double-sided arrays.

IntelLiDrives Designed an Innovative Large-Area XY gantry with Rotation Capability

Large Area XY gantries with rotation capability.

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The Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ guarantees the quality of your additive manufacturing (AM) powder, and has been designed to provide optimum sieving efficiency, ensuring your powder is ready for use or reuse as and when you require it. With a simple one-button operation and mobile design, this automated check screener ensures your powder at every stage of the process is qualified for use quickly and safely. The flexibility of the Russell AMPro Sieve Station™ means you can use the system for numerous powder handling tasks - being a modular design ensures the machine can be configured to meet your exact requirements.