Manufacturing & Prototyping

Actuators

Nook Industries (Cleveland, OH) offers Series 500™ programmable actuators designed for continuous duty and long service life. They incorporate a direct or toothed-belt drive for high mechanical efficiency. Ball screw-driven programmable actuators are made with high-strength materials, and are available in parallel and in-line models with either a servomotor or stepper motor. The screw shaft is constructed with medium-carbon, induction-hardened alloy steel, and the ball nuts are manufactured from high-grade bearing steel. Both ball screw and nut are heat-treated to a surface hardness of 56 HRC.

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Machine Control

Unitronics (Quincy, MA) has introduced Samba, a palm-sized PLC with HMI and onboard I/Os for machine control that features a color 7" HMI panel. The 16-bit touchscreen enables data entry and display of variable data, including color trend graphs and alarm screens. Samba supports 24 userdesigned screens and 5-MB images per application. The integrated PLC offers features including two auto-tuned PID loops, time-based RTC control, data logging, and recipes. The internal memory holds 112 KB of application logic, plus 512K for fonts and 5 MB for images. Onboard I/Os offer digital, analog, and high-speed functionality.

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Accelerometer Chips

Silicon Designs (Kirkland, WA) offers industrial-grade MEMS variable capacitive accelerometer chips and modules for zero- to medium-frequency instrumentation applications. Onboard voltage regulation and an internal reference minimize temperature and voltage changes while eliminating additional external power regulation requirements. Each sensor is made to be virtually identical, allowing users to swap out parts in the same g range with few to no testing modifications. This also provides a plug-and-play solution for almost any application.

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Multi-Material, Multi-Color 3D Printing Creates New Possibilities

Major advances in multi-material, multi-color 3D printing technology are driving a fundamental shift in how people are going about designing, engineering, and manufacturing products. The advanced capabilities of state-of-the-art, multi-material, multi-color systems such as the Objet®500 Connex3™ from Stratasys, are opening up many new applications. Making this possible is the Connex3’s ability to produce high-resolution, highly detailed, and functional parts from even the most complex designs. The Connex3 is the world’s first 3D printer that combines multiple materials and colors in a single build. With it, users can simultaneously tailor a part’s material properties, create sharp and well-defined boundaries between different materials, and achieve a sophisticated look and feel that closely mimics a finished product’s aesthetics. This white paper explores the technology at the heart of the Connex3’s performance, and shows how one customer is benefitting from it in many different ways.

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Stratasys Extends Accessibility of Unique Triple-Jetting 3D Printing Technology with the Connex 1,2, and 3

Stratasys' triple-jetting technology is unique, allowing users to build products with up to three base materials in a single run, forming new Digital Materials such as Digital ABS or producing parts in vibrant colors. This technology 3D prints parts in a single, automated build with up to 80 material properties per part, ranging from rigid to rubber-like in a range of vibrant colors and a range of Shore A values producing exceptional final-product realism. The PolyJet Connex technology can create smooth, detailed, accurate molds.

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From Tires to Interiors, Bentley Designs with 3D Printing

When your very name conjures up visions of luxury, quality, and detail, your design studio has to employ the very best minds working with the very best technology. Founded from modest beginnings in England in 1919, Bentley Motors Ltd. is dedicated to making responsive and powerful Grand Tourer automobiles with the stamina to cross continents at speed, in refined comfort and style. Little surprise then, that Bentley should equip its design studio with Objet30 Pro desktop and Objet500 Connex multi-material 3D printers.

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Revolutionizing Manufacturing With 3D Printing

With traditional manufacturing methods, it's not practical to manufacture a single item or short run of products — it's simply too expensive, in terms of both time and money. Securing factory space, setting up a production line, and procuring jigs and fixtures all incur substantial costs that can't be justified for a few items.

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