Manufacturing & Prototyping

Optimizing Next-gen Machine Vision Platform To Enhance Automated Inspection

With machine vision’s development and growth in the Industry 4.0 environment, the higher computing performance becomes essential to acquire high resolution images at high speeds, and expanding FOV (field of view). The associated hardware must therefore significantly enhance reliability, to guarantee smooth operation of the production line. Read this white paper to know more about characteristics the next-gen machine vison platform need.

Posted in: White Papers, Imaging, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Automation, Robotics

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Reducing Prototyping Costs with Rapid Overmolding

Prototyping overmolded parts using production grade materials is now easier with the recent launch of rapid overmolding services at Proto Labs. Using existing mold technology, you can get overmolded prototypes within days, allowing you to reduce design risk while accelerating development. Learn about key design considerations, material compatibility, and the differences (and similarities) between rapid overmolding and larger-scale production processes.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling

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Product of the Month: November 2016

Wolfram Research, Champaign, IL, released Mathematica 11 technical computing software that features more than 500 new functions, including improvements in machine learning, 3D printing and geometry, mathematics, visualization and graphics, graphs and statistics, geography, text and language processing, knowledge base, units and dates, cloud and Web interfaces, and audio, imaging, and signals. The new version enables users to print 3D models and plots directly through local or cloud-based 3D printers, and to identify more than 10,000 objects and classify and extract features in data with customizable machine learning tools. Other features include the ability to construct, train, and evaluate high-performance neural networks with both CPU and GPU support, and integrated support for audio, from trimming and filters to synthesizing sounds and measuring audio. The software includes enhancements in interface, language and algorithm depth, and efficiency.For Free Info Visit

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling

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BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 75GHz, very low inductance and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-2052 socket is designed for 17x17 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 75GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. The socket is designed to dissipate watts using compression screw and can be customized up to 100 watts with modified fin design on top of the screw and adding axial flow fan. Contact resistance is typically 30 milliohms per pin. The temperature range is -55 C to +160 C. Works with IC's such as 292 BGA, 17x17mm with 20x20 array and 0.8mm pitch.Click here to learn more.

Posted in: Products, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling

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New Scanning Method Speeds Up 3D Printing

Penn State University researchers have used a beam deflector to increase the speed of 2D and 3D printing by up to 1000 times.

Posted in: News, Imaging, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling

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Low-Power-Consumption, Single-Mode Quantum Cascade Lasers Fabricated Without Epitaxial Regrowth

These low-power lasers can be used for spectroscopy instruments in health and safety monitoring, and industrial process monitoring.Quantum cascade (QC) lasers employ intersubband electronic transitions in semiconductor quantum well structures to generate emission at specific engineered wavelengths. QC devices have been particularly successful as mid-infrared emitters in the 4- to 12-μm wavelength range, a spectral regime that is difficult to access with interband diode lasers. As cascade devices, QC lasers can also be designed with many gain stages, which, combined with optimized doping and optical design, has enabled the development of lasers with remarkably high continuous output power (in excess of 1 W). One of the most important applications of mid-infrared QC lasers is quantitative gas detection using absorption spectroscopy, where a single-frequency laser is used to interrogate specific absorption lines of a target compound. While high output power is essential in certain applications, many in situ absorption spectrometers require only milliwatt-level output to effectively measure low levels of compounds of interest with strong absorption lines in the mid-infrared regime.

Posted in: Briefs, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Lasers, Semiconductor devices, Spectroscopy, Energy consumption, Gases

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A Versatile Three-Dimensional Printing Approach

This technology can generate integrated circuits, electrical connectors, supercapacitors, and flow cell batteries.NASA has developed a versatile method and associated apparatus for constructing and using a conductive filament in various applications of 3D printing. It uses an attractive polymer formulation, which exhibits low melting temperature even when combined with conductive material, as the printing filament material. It may be used with a commercial 3D printer to generate custom 3D conductive geometries, such as integrated circuitries, electrical connectors, supercapacitors, and flow cell batteries. This invention can be used to create conductive, piezoelectric, or multifunctional materials using three-dimensional printing, with relatively low melt or glass transition temperatures. This invention should be useful wherever such materials are needed, with modest fabrication costs.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronic equipment, Additive manufacturing, Fabrication, Conductivity, Polymers

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