MIT Builds Invisible Fish Grabbing Robot

Matthew Humphries for PCMag:  Catching a fish can be tough, even if you are just trying to net a goldfish in a small tank. That's because the fish spots the danger and makes a swim for it. But what if you didn't need a net because you're controlling an invisible grabbing robot? That's what Xuanhe Zhao, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT succeeded in creating, but its applications go way beyond catching and releasing fish unharmed. The robot is constructed of a transparent hydrogel, which is strong and durable but mostly made of water. As the video below explains, each arm of the robot is constructed from 3D-printed hollow cubes of hydrogel, which are then linked together. By injecting water using a syringe it's possible to make the arms curl and uncurl quickly in a grabbing motion.   Cont'd...

DesignPoint Solutions Expands Offerings to Include Markforged 3D Printers Enabling their Manufacturing Customers to Create High-Strength Parts

Revolutionary Markforged 3D printers use materials such as Kevlar®, carbon fiber, and fiberglass which make it possible to create parts for manufacturing applications and in finished products.

Innovative Machinery Group Changes Name to "Tsugami Automation" and Introduces New LaserSwiss CNC Machine with Laser Cutting and Laser Welding

Innovative Machinery Group (IMG) announced today that the company will formally change its name to "Tsugami Automation" beginning February 1, 2017.

Leading Manufacturing Groups to Host The MFG Meeting 2017

Hundreds of manufacturing leaders will gather to gain a deeper understanding of the forces transforming manufacturing - from the digital factory and cyber security to economic and global market trends.

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Integro Technologies Announces Partnership with ViDi Systems SA

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Digabit to showcase Documoto at SOLIDWORKS World 2017

Attendees can see how they can create dynamic electronic parts catalogs using Documoto and SOLIDWORKS Composer at Digabit's booth (#200).

Sciaky's Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) Technology Helps Submarine Manufacturer Save Significant Time and Cost By 3D Printing a Titanium Variable Ballast (VB) Tank

With this new and exciting use of EBAM, Sciaky is the world's only industrial-scale metal AM provider with approved parts in land, sea, air, and space applications

Opto Diode Introduces Near-Infrared, Surface-Mount

New NXIR-RF100C near-infrared SMD photodiodes will be showcased at SPIE's Photonics West 2017, San Francisco, Jan. 31- Feb. 2 in Opto Diode's booth # 5628.

Promising Hope for Those in Need of Human Tissue and Organs: Rockwell Automation to Innovate Advanced Production Technologies at Department of Defense's New Manufacturing Institute

Company will contribute $10 million over five years to the Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Initiative

Tethon 3D Launches Flexalite 3D Printing Resin Material

Flexalite is a new transparent flexible polymer resin for SLA and DLP 3D Printing

Microscan Presents New Capabilities of MicroHAWK Barcode Readers and Multi-Array PanelScan® PCB Traceability System at IPC APEX EXPO 2017

The multi-array PanelScan® PCB Traceability System and the game-changing MicroHAWK family of products - the world's smallest high-performance barcode readers - help electronics manufacturers increase competitiveness by accelerating setup time, ensuring better product quality, and reducing production costs. Microscan will demonstrate new capabilities of both products at IPC APEX EXPO 2017.

Markforged Named a Finalist in the 20th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Ground-breaking Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Featured in the Innovative 3-DIY Category

Turck Debuts New Preassembled Meltric Connector Cable Assemblies to Improve Safety in Demanding Environments

To improve worker safety in industrial environments, Turck introduces its new preassembled Meltric connector offering with arc protection. The products offer a complete cable assembly solution, saving labor and installation time and ensuring reliability.

CleanTech™ by Laser Photonics: New Laser Systems Clean and Prepare Surfaces Safely and Quickly

This is a distinct advantage over costly traditional methods such as chemicals or abrasive blasting systems which also have a negative environmental impact, hazardous fumes, or can wear on the substrate and damage the material.

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