Going Beyond 3D Printing to Add a New Dimension for Additive Manufacturing

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory:  A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers has demonstrated the 3D printing of shape-shifting structures that can fold or unfold to reshape themselves when exposed to heat or electricity. The micro-architected structures were fabricated from a conductive, environmentally responsive polymer ink developed at the Lab. In an article published recently by the journal Scientific Reports (link is external), lab scientists and engineers revealed a strategy for creating boxes, spirals and spheres from shape memory polymers (SMPs), bio-based "smart" materials that exhibit shape-changes when resistively heated or when exposed to the appropriate temperature. Lab researcher Jennifer Rodriguez examines a 3D printed box that was "programmed" to fold and unfold when heated While the approach of using responsive materials in 3D printing, often known as "4D printing," is not new, LLNL researchers are the first to combine the process of 3D printing and subsequent folding (via origami methods) with conductive smart materials to build complex structures.   Cont'd...

Metallized Carbon Corporation Offers Modern Carbon-Graphite Self-Lubricating Materials Ideal for Aircraft Shaft Mechanical Seals

Metallized Carbon Corporation, a global leader in the manufacture of oil-free, self-lubricating, carbon-graphite materials for severe service lubrication applications, offers a variety of materials ideal for mechanical seals in aircraft shaft applications, including main shaft seals for both aircraft turbine engines and aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs). The unique self-lubricating materials are impregnated with proprietary inorganic chemicals that improve their lubricating qualities and oxidation resistance.

Welcome to the International Manufacturing Technology Show

No article can do this show justice, especially with over 2,000 exhibitors utilizing 1.3 million square feet of show floor.

A simple choice for pipette calibration

BD Biosciences relies on METTLER TOLEDO Rainin for calibration and servicing of all the pipettes used by its Greater San Diego facilities.

IntervalZero to Highlight Vision-Controlled Motion for Collaborative Robots at TAIROS 2016

IntervalZero will demo its cutting-edge machine control solutions throughout the TAIROS show, at its own booth, K226, and a deep-dive, half-day seminar.

ODU-USA Launches ODU-MAC® Strain Relief Housing - An Advanced Modular Connector Solution Designed for Docking Applications

ODU, a worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing high performance connectors, is launching to the US market its advanced ODU-MAC® Strain Relief Housing connector solution designed for a wide range of docking applications.

IMTS - Refresh Your Memory Introduces the Latest Release of FactoryWiz DNC Communication Package at IMTS 2016

FactoryWiz DNC has the ability to collect and save on-machine inspection probe data. Once captured the data can be sent to .XLS or shared with quality systems for faster improved in-process review.

Nano Dimension Supplies First DragonFly 2020 System to Leading Israeli Defense Company

Supply Marks Major Milestone for the Company

New technologies reshape production lines

LINSEY MILLER & CHRISTOF WEHNER OF ARTESYN EMBEDDED TECHNOLOGIES, originally Published on Embedded Computing Design:  Whether people call it Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or networked production, they are all talking about coming changing paradigms in the industrial network. Today there are several single-task workstations, manned by humans or robots, which are connected to a higher-level enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. However, that hierarchy is on the cusp of changing massively in the near future to accommodate newer, more intelligent technologies spanning multiple segments of the production line.   Cont'd...

IMTS - NEW SHOP FLOOR SOFTWARE & HARDWARE AT IMTS 2016 BOOTH E-3240

Shop Floor Automations preps for premiere of new manufacturing tools at Chicago's IMTS in Fall 2016.

Howden American Fan Company Announces AF Cast Aluminum Pressure Blowers

Howden American Fan Company, the leading manufacturer of high-quality industrial fans and blowers, announces its AF Cast Aluminum Pressure Blowers, which can be supplied with extremely short (4-7 day) lead times, making them a good choice for urgent OEM equipment replacement applications.

Making a Splash in Water-Resistant Digital Devices

The growing trend of waterproofing portable electronic devices has led fastener manufacturers to discover a low-cost solution.

Hundreds Headed to Nashville This Fall for National Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT

"MFGredefined" theme takes center stage at conference for manufacturing industry leaders

Harmonic Drive LLC Introduces Harmonic Planetary® Gearheads

The new models, HPG-R, add low-speed ratios from 3:1 through 10:1 including all integer ratios in between. HPGR employs helical gearing for improved noise reduction and higher torque capacity. Ideal for a variety of machinery and equipment designs, these new models enhance the already successful HPG series.

Innova Engineering Announces Establishment of New Research and Development Facility

New space allows for improved testing, engineering, and fabrication services for clients seeking product development solutions

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