Manufacturing & Prototyping

Process for 3D Printer Filament Fabrication

Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama Conventional filament extrusion processes are unsuitable for recycling materials on the International Space Station due to requirements for continuous monitoring and tuning, as well as poor filament dimensional control. The Positrusion process recycles scrap or waste thermoplastics into filament for 3D fused filament fabrication (FFF) printers.

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Products of Tomorrow: December 2015

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: December 2015

Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, introduced series E36100 compact DC power supplies that offer LAN and USB interfaces and reliable power for testing and validating designs. Five models feature up to 100 V or 5 A output. Design and validation engineers can use the supplies to power devices under test (DUTs) during manual tests or automated sequences. The devices’ compact form factor (2U, ¼-rack) enables use on a bench or in a rack, and standard LAN (LXI Core) and USB interfaces connect the power supplies to a computer. An intuitive on-screen menu system enables users to perform manual tasks quickly, and overvoltage and overcurrent detection protects DUTs. Each of the five models comes standard with measurement capability for very small currents, a high-contrast OLED display enabling users to view the screen from anywhere, low noise power, overvoltage and overcurrent load protection, front and rear output terminals, and USB control. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55596-120

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Imaging Software

ARM-based Z series Smart Cameras from Vision Components (Ettlingen, Germany/ Hudson, NH) are now available with HALCON Embedded software. The software features an integrated development environment and a comprehensive library for blob analysis, morphology, matching, measuring, and identification.

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CMOS Cameras

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) has announced new industrial cameras equipped with the Sony Full HD WDR Sensor IMX174. The cameras are available as GigE (PoE) and USB 3 versions in monochrome and color. At full HD, the devices achieve a maximum frame rate of 54 fps; at VGA resolution up to 120 fps. Barcode software, for on-screen measurement and image capture, is included. Other features: integrated HDR/WDR (High/Wide Dynamic Range); C/CS- or S-Mount; and drivers for LabView, HALCON, MERLIC, VisionPro, DirectX, Twain, and NeuroCheck. For Free Info Visit: http://info.hotims.com/55596-144

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Multi-Screen Imaging

The Transcoder Gateway from Pleora Technologies (Kanata, ON, Canada) transmits GigE Vision and USB3 Vision video to any playback device, including tablets and smartphones. While preserving the high-quality video required for processing and analysis, the image feed is converted into the H.264 compression format and transmitted over a wired or wireless connection using the realtime streaming protocol (RTSP) to a playback device. The image feed can also be saved as IEEE 1588 time-stamped video to USBattached storage media, and output with administrator-specific overlays via an HDMI connection to high-definition displays. For Free Info Visit: http://info.hotims.com/55596-145

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USB3 Cameras

Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany/Exton, PA) has released the Basler pulse. Weighing 60 g and measuring 38.8 × 28.2 mm (diameter × length), the camera is available with either global or rolling shutter CMOS sensors, resolutions of up to 5 MP, and frame rates of up to 54 fps. The metal housing includes a tripod socket and a CS-mount lens bracket. A USB 3.0 port enables fast and secure data transfer. The pulse camera includes an anti-flicker filter and features for backlight compensation, de-noising, improved debayering, as well as sharpness and contrast enhancement. For Free Info Visit: http://info.hotims.com/55596-146

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