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3D PRINTERS VS. 3D PRODUCTION SYSTEMS: 10 Distinguishing Factors to Help Select a System

This paper addresses the capabilities, roles and positioning of systems geared for professional use. Beginning with the most basic information – the definition of 3D printers – this whitepaper positions the two product classes.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Prototyping, White Papers

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Aerospace Tooling: 3D Technology Enables Virtual Design

Building aircraft has always been a struggle between the size of their components and the need to craft them carefully. More than any other device, airplanes epitomize the concept that “the devil is in the details” because in small errors lies the potential for great mischief such as increased drag and decreased range. In this white paper you will learn how the laser tracker gives aerospace manufacturers the ability to be more cost competitive by shifting the whole process of design and development into the virtual realm.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Prototyping, White Papers

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Lubricant Selection: What Every Design Engineer Needs to Know

Simply stated, lubrication refers to the age-old science of friction reduction. People have been using lubricants for thousands of years, experimenting with waxes and oils from vegetables, fish, and animals to move heavy materials with equipment designed to gain mechanical advantage. In more recent years, the discovery of petroleum oil in the 1800s ushered in a new era of lubrication developments as people learned how to refine this oil and use it for a variety of purposes. Machinery could now be developed to operate faster and under heavier loads by using lubricants to create a barrier that eliminates friction and metalon- metal contact.

Posted in: Materials, Mechanical Components, Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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Force Sensors for Design

The Tekscan Force Sensors for Design White Paper provides insights on various force sensing technologies including: Comparison of various force sensing technologies such as load cells, piezoresistive, and capacitive sensors. Discussion of issues including power consumption, size, cost, and durability. Real-life examples of how thin and flexible tactile force sensors have contributed to the success of OEMs in a variety of applications and industries. What to consider in choosing a technology partner, including engineering support, customization, and manufacturing capabilities.

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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Navigating the Intellectual Property Roadblocks to Open Innovation

In an effort to incorporate outside sources of innovation into their new product acquisition programs, there has been a significant increase in the number of firms opening their organizational boundaries to external ideas. Over the past few years, large multinational companies such as Kraft, IBM and 3M have initiated active open innovation (OI) programs. The benefits to the organization of accepting new product ideas are lower research and development costs and the more rapid procurement of new products to fuel sales, and to the submitter, this can be financially rewarding if their idea is selected for product development or commercialization. Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble estimates that as many as 1.5 million researchers and scientists could contribute materially to the efforts of their own 7,500 researchers and scientists in corporate research and development. However, the economic benefits of open innovation can be diminished if organizations do not effectively manage the legal issues and logistical challenges that are presented. They include the quality/quantity of submissions, and once received, what is the most efficient way to process the submissions received?

Posted in: Medical, White Papers

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Flexible, High-Resolution Position/Displacement for OEM Applications

Features1, 2 and 3 channel configurationsNanometer to sub-nanometer resolutionEasy, cost effective performance customizationCE and RoHS compliantSmall package sizingThirteen standard sensor options

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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Multi-Purpose Non-Contact Position/Displacement Sensing

FeaturesSupports both dual and single coil sensors Terminal I/O connections Auto-synchronization of multiple channels Analog DC and 4-20mA outputs Single ended, bipolar, and differential voltage outputs Front face coarse and fine calibration controls RoHS compliant and CE marked

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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