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Product of the Month

Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, introduced the J750 3D printer that produces full-color, multi-material prototypes and parts in a single 3D print without post-processing. Users can choose from more than 360,000 different color shades plus multiple material properties ranging from rigid, to flexible and opaque, to transparent. Prototypes such as tooling, molds, jigs, and fixtures can include an array of colors, materials, and material properties in the same part. The printer is supported with PolyJet Studio™ software that allows users to choose materials, optimize the build, and manage print queues. Assignment of colors, transparencies, and rigidity is accomplished via familiar design controls. Color textures can be loaded fully intact via VRML files imported from CAD tools. Featuring a large, six-material capacity, the printer keeps the most-used resins loaded for printing.

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Product of the Month: May 2016

Molex, Lisle, IL, offers Soligie® printed electronic sensor systems that provide a thin, flexible alternative to rigid printed circuit boards (PCBs) or copper flex circuits in a range of applications in the medical, industrial, consumer, defense, and other industries. An integrated design and manufacturing process produces printed electronic sensor systems that incorporate a wide variety of components on printed electronic substrates. The printed electronic components and interconnects can be fabricated on flexible substrates such as plastic, paper, and foil. The sensor solutions measure temperature, shock, and humidity, providing physiological, environmental, and biochemical monitoring, and virtually any other sensor application requiring a thin, flexible electronic form factor. Designs start with a flexible substrate onto which functional circuits are printed and components are added. The substrates are suitable for integrating sensors, batteries, RFID devices, thin displays, LEDs, and other passive devices.

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Products of Tomorrow: May 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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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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Products of Tomorrow: April 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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Linear Motor

Nippon Pulse America (Radford, VA) released the SL083 scaleless linear motor with a built-in linear encoder for positioning applications that would benefit from the repeatability, reliability, and robustness of a linear motor, with up to 5 μm in resolution. The motor consists of a tubular stainless steel shaft and a non-contact forcer. It requires no lubrication, and features a non-critical air gap that eliminates variation in the force. The housing is made of non-magnetic aluminum.

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Panel-Mount Piezo Drives

The Ndrive QLe digital, panel-mount nanopositioning piezo drives from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) are designed for use with the Aerotech Automation 3200 (A3200) motion controller. The drives enable coordinated motion between piezo stages and servo axes at higher rates than other controller/drive products. Featuring a dual-core, 456-MHz, floating-point DSP, the drives feature position latching and single-axis or multi-axis position synchronized output (PSO) to generate pulses based on actual position feedback.

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