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Selecting the Right Material for 3D Printing

This industrial 3D printing white paper explores the properties of thermoplastic and metal materials available with direct metal laser sintering, selective laser sintering and stereolithography technologies. It also includes a quick-reference guide of material attributes that can steer you toward the proper grade. Download your free copy today!

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From The Design Lab: An Insider’s Guide To Laser Sintering

While all additive manufacturing (AM) processes share the ability to create multifaceted parts with intricate features, each system has its own design guidelines to ensure accuracy and optimize part design for the build process and compatible materials. These design guidelines and trade knowledge are usually not shared externally, which can leave the average design engineer feeling adrift on a sea of 3D printing challenges. However, through years of experience, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has gathered the most efficient design guidelines for one of the more popular 3D printing technologies: Laser Sintering. This article details a study undertaken by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and the University of Texas (UT) at Austin which vetted tolerances for challenging LS design features such as minimum wall thickness, optimal build orientation for small to large features, and feature distances and areas in relation to part walls. Our goal is to make the information collected within the study well-known to the average design engineer and present working expectations for what LS can do, and therefore minimize errors and achieve consistently successful LS parts.

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Will 'smart glasses' catch on?

This week's Question: A recent patent application from the South Korean electronics giant Samsung revealed a new concept for smart contact lenses. The eyewear includes a built-in camera, sensors, and a display that can project images directly into a wearer’s eyes. The smart lenses can be controlled using eye movements and blinking, potentially allowing users to take photos with the miniature camera simply by winking or blinking. According to the 29-page application, however, the image quality of smart glasses is limited, and the technology does not provide a natural interface. What do you think? Will 'smart glasses' catch on?  

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Reliable VFD Cables Boost Productivity, Minimize Downtime

From fans and blowers to 24/7 production line equipment, variable frequency drives (VFDs) are a mainstay of the industrial world due to their remarkable ability to improve the efficiency of motor-driven equipment. As part of a complete VFD package, high quality cable is one of the most important components in terms of achieving maximum productivity and minimizing downtime. When designing a robust VFD cable, the materials used in its production are critical to ensuring that the cable’s electrical properties will guarantee peak performance. For system engineers and others involved in specifying VFDs, cable quality should be one of the most decisive factors.

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Researchers Store Digital Data in DNA

Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft have stored digital images in DNA. The team of computer scientists and electrical engineers has detailed one of the first complete systems to encode, hold, and retrieve digital data using the molecules, which can store information millions of times more compactly than current archival technologies.

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Product of the Month: April 2016

FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, OR, announced the identiFINDER® R200 handheld radiation detector that delivers American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N42.48-compliant identification and weighs less than one pound. The wearable detector provides continuous radiation monitoring without any user interaction. The detector combines FLIR's Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) technology with a Cesium Iodide (CsI) detector to provide high-resolution identification so the user can quickly determine whether a gamma radiation source is a true threat or a benign source from medical patients, normal occurring radiation, or industrial use. The detector utilizes Bluetooth® and Web server technologies, and features a OneTouch Reachback™ feature that provides the wearer with large-scale situational awareness, and enables instant notifications to help improve communications with command and control.

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Are cars set to be the next 'ultimate mobile device'?

This week's Question: As companies like Google and Apple lead self-driving car efforts, Hyundai Motors America CEO David Zuchowski expects the bridge between Silicon Valley and auto companies to narrow. In a recent interview with CNBC, Zuchowski suggested cars could replace mobile phones as the next big smart device. The CEO expects alliances to form between automakers — potential "hardware builders" — and technology companies that supply the software. "[Consumers] want an Apple experience," Zuchowski told CNBC. "The car is the ultimate mobile device, right?" What do you think? Are cars set to be the next 'ultimate mobile device'?    

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