Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures

The project Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures, developed by ITECH graduate Maria Yablonina, demonstrates a new production process for filament structures. It proposes multiple semi-autonomous wall climbing robots to distribute fiber filament, using any horizontal or vertical surface, or even existing architecture, to support the new structures. Compared to larger scale industrial robots that are limited by position and reach, these robots are enabled with movement systems and a collection of sensors that allow them to travel and interact accurately along typical ground, walls, roofs, and ceilings. One can imagine a fabrication process where an operator arrives to the scene with a suitcase housing all the necessary robots and materials to create a large structure. These agile mobile robotic systems move robotic fabrication processes beyond the constraints of the production hall, exposing vast urban and interior environments as potential fabrication sites.

L-509 Linear Translation Stage Combines Precision with Affordability, Newly Released by PI

The L-509 delivers precise linear motion, performance, and reliability.

New! Programmable Universal Bar Graph Meter

Bristol Instruments introduces the OMB 402UNI Series of bargraph meters. These instruments feature a 30-segment tri-color LED bar graph combined with a 6-digit numeric display. Bargraph segment colors can be set to change when preset input values are reached.

2016FLEX Features Innovative Manufacturing Trends, New Products and a Bright Industry Future

Exceptionally strong attendance for the 15th annual conference and exhibition on flexible electronics

Lenze Americas Deploys Digitaltest's MTS 30 Combinational In-Circuit/Functional test platforms to provide the highest quality to their customers

Digitaltest's MTS 30, combinational ICT and Functional systems have been deployed across Lenze Americas manufacturing plant to provide complete and automated testing of their motion controller products. The MTS 30 systems provide real-time diagnostics, functional test, board calibration and board programming.

SME and 3D Technology Companies 3D Scan Orion Crew Module and Model, Will Print Miniature Replicas

Point cloud data from the Orion spacecraft replica 3D scan. FARO Focus 3D X330 Scanner positioned to 3D laser scan the Orion exterior capsule model. Logo on NASA Orion Spacecraft SME logo

Optomec Presents Advancement in LENS 3D Printers for Metal Additive Manufacturing at LAM Conference

New LENS Print Engine Processing Head with integrated closed loop control

Microscan Demonstrates Worry-Free Electronics Traceability Solutions at IPC APEX EXPO 2016

Microscan will demonstrate new MicroHAWK Barcode Readers from Booth #2632 at the IPC APEX EXPO 2016, March 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. Visitors are invited to see live demos of MicroHAWK and learn how these web-based imagers can read any code on any part, auto-enhance imaging to read codes on different PCB colors, and perform out of the box with one minute of setup time.

TAG Optics and Mituotyo Announce the Creation of a Joint Partnership

TAG Optics, the developer of the world's fastest tunable focus lenses, and Mitutoyo Corporation, the world leader in precision measurement solutions, are proud to announce that they are entering into a strategic partnership which will include comprehensive technological alliance and cooperation.

Fonon Announces Major Improvements in Laser Cutting Technology for Its 2016 Titan FX Laser Cutting Machine

Latest advancements in Fonon's technology overcome cutting limitations intrinsic to reflective metals

3D MakerJet Inc. Strives to Shorten the Supply Chain with Portable Powderless Metal 3D Printing

3D MakerJet Inc. (OTCPK: MRJT) is preparing to introduce a wire-feed powderless metal 3D printer to the market later this year, 3D MakerJet Inc. is exploring the product's industrial applications.

Rising Media's Inside 3D Printing New York Announces Agenda and Keynotes with Focus on Business, Manufacturing, Medical, and Metal; April 10-12, 2016 at the Javits Convention Center

Now in its fourth edition in New York City, Inside 3D Printing is the leading professional 3D printing event worldwide.

Rising Media's RoboUniverse Conference & Expo Returns to New York City for its Second Edition; Reveals Tracks and Program Details; April 11-12, 2016 at the Javits Convention Center

Launched in New York City in May 2015, RoboUniverse is the first global conference and trade show series dedicated to advancing the Service Robotics industry. Following its 2015 launch, RoboUniverse has produced events in Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, San Diego, and Singapore.

New Materials for Manufacturing: The Economist's Overview For 2015

From The Economist's Technology Quarterly: This is what some scientists describe as a “golden age” for materials. New, high-performing substances such as exotic alloys and superstrong composites are emerging; “smart” materials can remember their shape, repair themselves or assemble themselves into components. Little structures that change the way something responds to light or sound can be used to turn a material into a “metamaterial” with very different properties... ...When it comes to making chemical bonds, one element, carbon, is in a league of its own; a more or less infinite number of distinct molecules can be made from it. Chemists call these carbon-based molecules organic, and have devoted a whole branch of their subject—inorganic chemistry—to ignoring them. Mr Ceder’s Materials Project sits in that inorganic domain. It has simulated some 60,000 materials, and five years from now should reach 100,000. This will provide what the people working on the project call the “materials genome”: a list of the basic properties—conductivity, hardness, elasticity, ability to absorb other chemicals and so on—of all the compounds anyone might think of. “In ten years someone doing materials design will have all these numbers available to them, and information about how materials will interact,” says Mr Ceder. “Before, none of this really existed. It was all trial and error... ( full article )

Belden Universal Named a Winner of Two Leading Manufacturing Awards for its Excellence in Developing Aerospace Universal Joints

The Golden Mousetrap Awards by Design News celebrate the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering and manufacturing.

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QC Industries - AS40: The Ultimate User-Friendly Conveyor

QC Industries - AS40: The Ultimate User-Friendly Conveyor

AS40 Conveyors are designed for ease of use and simple integration with robotic applications. Built on a rigid aluminum frame, they feature tee slots for rapid accessory mounting and a tail that flips up at the push of a button for easy under-belt cleaning and belt changes. Nosebar tails are available for transferring small parts between conveyors. All conveyors include a 10 Year Warranty and most are available with a fast five day lead time.