Global Motion Control Shipments Grow 10.3% in 2016

Global shipments for motion control products increased by 10.3% to $3.3 billion in 2016, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry's trade group.

Panasonic: World's First*1 Organic CMOS Image Sensor with Electrically Controllable Near-Infrared Light Sensitivity

This technology enables to switch between modes of color imaging*2 and NIR imaging frame by frame without a mechanical IR cut filter required for conventional image sensors. This contributes to miniaturizing a camera system and improving the robustness.

Los Angeles-Based Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute Launched

Ray Collett Named as CEO

Viavi Solutions and ESPROS Photonics Corporation Debut New Miniaturized Spectral Sensor and Multispectral Sensor Developer Kit

Both companies will demonstrate the Multispectral Sensor Developer Kit at the Photonics West Exhibition

Proto Labs Introduces Rapid Insert Molding at Pacific Design & Manufacturing in Anaheim Feb. 7-9

Quick-turn digital manufacturer, Proto Labs, has added insert molding services to their offerings. The company uses advanced 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding technologies to produce custom parts within days.

Dassault Systèmes Expands its 3DEXPERIENCE Lab to North America

Company's Newest Open Innovation Laboratory and Startup Accelerator Leveraging Virtual Technology Features a Fab Lab Set Up in Collaboration with MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms

ATX 2017 - Datalogic Showcases State-of-the-Art Products & Technologies at ATX West

Datalogic will be exhibiting at North America's largest annual automation technology event - ATX West.

Oerlikon expands additive manufacturing R&D and production capacity in the US

As part of Oerlikon's strategy to become a global powerhouse in surface solutions and advanced materials, the Group has identified additional growth areas such as additive manufacturing, which leverages its strong materials heritage, service reputation, access to markets, applications across industries and core competence in intelligently engineering and processing advanced materials and surface technologies.

Google Ventures, BMW, Lowe's Invest in Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal, an emerging startup with the mission to bring metal 3D printing to all design and manufacturing teams, announced today it has raised a total of $97 million in equity funding since its founding in October 2015. The announcement comes as the result of the latest Series C investment of $45 million, led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), as well as BMW i Ventures and Lowe's Ventures. Desktop Metal will use the funding to continue to develop its technology and scale production as the company prepares for its product launch later this year.  Driven by invention, Desktop Metal is committed to accelerating the adoption of metal 3D printing in design and manufacturing through the creation of innovative technology that produces complex parts. Previous investors include NEA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lux Capital, GE Ventures, Saudi Aramco, and 3D printing leader Stratasys.   Full Press Release.

Google Ventures, BMW, Lowe's Invest in Desktop Metal

Series C Funding Brings the Metal 3D Printing Company's Total Investment to $97 Million

UCI named as partner in new clean manufacturing institute $140 million consortium aims to improve competitiveness of US industry

The Department of Energy is providing up to $70 million to fund the REMADE Institute through its Manufacturing USA initiative, with a matching sum contributed by a consortium of 85 private-industry partners. The goal of the program is to forge new clean energy efforts deemed critical in keeping the nation's manufacturing on the cutting edge.

CoaXPress Helps Manufacturers Overcome Challenges of Integrating Machine Vision into the Industrial Internet of Things

At its core, the IIoT is about the interconnection of intelligent devices that collect, scour and share data to find trends, patterns and anomalies to help businesses make better decisions.

ATX 2017 - 3D Printing With Nylon Just Became 200X Better

Airwolf 3D introduces Wolfbite NITRO, a 3D printing nylon adhesive engineered to improve bed adhesion and reduce warpage.

ATX 2017 - The AXIOM 3D Printer Has Been Named A Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalist

AXIOM 3D Printer is a finalist in the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards. This product, by Airwolf 3D, was selected as a finalist in the category of Materials & Assembly, 3D-Printing & Rapid Prototyping, Materials, Tools & Services.

Number of Smart Factories in South Korea to be Almost Doubled

Cho Jin-young for Business Korea:  The Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy announced on February 2 that the South Korean government invests 90.5 billion won and the private sector invests 20.3 billion won this year so that smart factories can be built for at least 2,200 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the number of such factories in South Korea can be increased to 5,000 before the end of this year. The ministry is planning to diversify the types of smart factories, too. For example, the new smart factories are slated to include 500 clean energy-based ones for a higher level of energy efficiency and 50 cloud-type smart factories that are capable of connecting regions and various sectors of the manufacturing industry.   Cont'd...

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