Explore innovations supporting advances in manufacturing and rapid prototyping. Access the developments and solutions that have an impact on applications in 3D printing and automation.

Products : Imaging
45 W LED Power Supplies

LinkCom Manufacturing (Walnut, CA) has announced a new family of INCORE high-performance constant-current LED power supplies. The first offering in the family is the 45 W DBFN-45 series. The slender, low-profile (372 × 30 × 27 mm; 14.6 × 1.18 × 1.06 in) power supplies are designed for industrial (low-bay) and...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Inspection System

Coherix (Ann Arbor, MI) has announced the Predator3D™, an advanced bead inspection system used to monitor and control the dispensing of structural adhesives and sealants. The Predator3D captures the 3D data, including bead size, shape, volume, and location. Based on defined user criteria, the system then reports failures as...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Industrial Camera

JAI (San Jose, CA/Shanghai, China) has added the GO- 2400-PMCL to its Go Series of industrial cameras. A two-channel Mini Camera Link interface enables its Sony IMX174 CMOS imager to output full-resolution 2.35-megapixel images at up to 165.5 frames per second (in 8-bit continuous mode). The imager features 5.86-micron square...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Modules for Harsh Environments

To prevent lasers from sustaining damage as a result of their environment, Laser Components (Bedford, NH) places them in housings that can withstand all conditions. Thanks to the IP67 protective class, the FLEXPOINT® HD laser modules not only withstand sandstorms, they can also go into one-meter-deep water...

Products : Imaging
CMOS Camera

The S-25A80/CXP camera from Adimec Electronic Imaging (Stoneham, MA) uses the ON Semiconductor Python 25k 25 MP CMOS global shutter image sensor. Images of 5120 x 5120 pixels are taken at a maximum of 80 full frames per second (fps). The CoaXPress V1.1 Quad interface (4 x CXP-6) utilizes Adimec’s new 2 Gigapixels/s camera platform....

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
2D Optical Measuring Device

Titan Tool Supply, Inc. (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a mobile and compact 2D optimal measuring device that provides accurate and precise measurements of workpieces in a matter of seconds. Manufactured in Germany by Schneider Messtechnik, the VCAD Rapid combines high-precision optical measurement technology with...

Products : Imaging
Rapid Alignment Mirror Mounts

The OS-Z range of mirror mounts from Optical Surfaces Ltd. (Surrey, UK) provides ultra-stable, stress-free mounting and rapid alignment of off-axis parabolic, spherical, and flat mirrors as well as wedge back and parallel back mirrors. Constructed in black anodized aluminum, six models of the OS-Z mount provide a...

Products : Imaging
Laser Polishing

PowerPhotonic (Dalgety Bay, UK) has spent many years developing a laser machining and polishing process to create ultra-high efficiency refractive optics, used in high power collimation and beam shaping applications. This process unique to PowerPhotonic allows it to create beam shaper optics that transform the way in which the...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Using Optical Simulation Tools to Design 3D Printers

High-definition digital projectors based on Texas Instruments’ DLP® technology are widely known for being used in more than 90% of the world’s digital movie theaters. However, DLP chips are being selected increasingly by design engineers for use in industrial applications, including 3D...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printer Produces Cartilage from Strands of Bioink

Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn out joints. A cartilage strand substitutes for ink in a 3D printing process. Using a specially designed prototype nozzle that can hold and feed the cartilage strand, the...

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Space Station Crew 3D Prints Student-Designed Tool

A college student who won a NASA design challenge recently had the tool he designed 3D-printed on the Additive Manufacturing Facility on the International Space Station. The Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool was printed by astronaut Jeff Williams onboard the station.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bacteria Helps Make Chemicals from Wood Waste

The present-day chemical industry is based on oil. Many chemical products – from plastics through to detergents and solvents, to medication and crop protection products – have their origins in oil and its constituents. A research team has demonstrated an alternative manufacturing method for a...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Technology “Prints” Customized Pills

Researchers have found a way to make personalized medicine cheaper and easier through a tablet fabrication system that 3D prints a myriad of pills in just one tablet. While there are existing tablet-production methods, they can only fabricate tablets that release drugs with a limited type of profiles....

News : Energy
3D-Printed Polymer Turns Methane to Methanol

By combining biology and 3D printing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created a reactor that continuously produces methanol from methane at room temperature and pressure.

News : Software
'On the Fly' 3D Printer Adjusts to Design Changes

In conventional 3D printing, a nozzle scans across a stage: depositing drops of plastic, rising slightly after each pass, and building an object in a series of layers. A new "on-the-fly" prototyping system from Cornell University allows the designer to make refinements while printing is in...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: June 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...

Products : Aerospace
Product of the Month: June 2016

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...

Products : Aerospace
Handheld Meters for Test Kits

OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, offers the HHC200 Series portable, rugged environmental meters. Digital thermometers are offered in infrared and dual thermocouple models. Also available are light meters and optical RPM meters, a hygro-anemometer for airflow and humidity measurement, and manometers in absolute...

Products : Aerospace
Sampling Oscilloscopes

The N1092A, N1092B, and N1092D DCA-M sampling oscilloscopes from Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, are designed for 25/100/400 Gb/s optical test. They measure low-power, high-data-rate NRZ and PAM-4 devices and feature a FlexDCA user interface. The N1092A has one optical channel, the N1092B has two optical channels,...

Products : Aerospace
Voltage/Current Source

The Model 526 Precision DC Voltage/Current Source/Calibrator from Krohn-Hite Corp., Brockton, MA, is a repeatable DC voltage source and DC current source that provides NIST-traceable voltages from ±100 nVdc to ±111.1110 Vdc to within 20 ppm. Up to 32 storage output settings are provided. Selecting voltages and current...

Products : Aerospace
Power Meters

Yokogawa Corporation of America, Newnan, GA, announced the WT300E series compact power meters that consists of the WT310E single-phase, WT310EH single-phase high current, WT332E two-element, and WT333E three-element models. These units offer enhanced measurement accuracy of 0.1% of reading +0.05% of range. They provide measurement...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Leak Detector

Pfeiffer Vacuum, Nashua, NH, offers the ASI 35 modular leak detection system for tracer gases helium and hydrogen in integral and localizing test procedures or a combination of both. An optional user interface can be controlled by PC or PLC. The system can be used in vacuum or sniffing test modes. The electronics module is suitable...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Power Analyzer

Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, introduced the PA3000 1- to 4-channel AC/DC power analyzer for testing single- and multiphase, high-efficiency AC-DC and DC-AC power supplies. It features 10-milliwatt standby power measurement capabilities and 1-MHz bandwidth. The unit includes more than 50 standard measurement functions, including...

Products : Aerospace
Mechatronics Platform

Eplan, Monheim, Germany, introduced Syngineer, a communication and information platform that interfaces MCAD, ECAD, and PLC software directly through the mechatronic structure. It synchronizes mechanical engineering, controls engineering, and software engineering, and models the mechatronic structure of a machine consisting...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Dual-Channel Transceiver

Red Rapids, Richardson, TX, introduced the Model 372 FPGA-configurable dual-channel transceiver that features a dual-channel 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and dual-channel 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) clocked at 310 MHz. The converters are coupled to a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA that is also connected to...

Products : Aerospace
EMI-Shielded Vents and Filters

Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, offers EMI-shielded vents and air filters in most shapes and sizes. Nine different aluminum honeycomb vents are offered in both standard and custom configurations. Shielded fan vents are available in six sizes, and a BeCu gasket can be added to the frame. Quiet vents in 66 sizes with...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Motor Drive

The RoadRunner SoftStep R213S microstepping motor drive from Testra Corp. (Tempe, AZ) features an onboard processor that treats the input steps as small vector moves, and chains them together with 250 or 256 microsteps per regular motor step with controlled accelerations. Dual chopper stabilized current comparators and...

Products : Motion Control
Positioners

ALM Positioners (Rock Island, IL) released the Model MHL1P 10,000-pound-capacity single-column positioner that features 68.5" vertical travel in 35 seconds; a pendant-controlled, 4-HP, column-mounted hydraulic unit for lifting and lowering; solenoid- controlled safety pawls; 360-degree CW or CCW rotation; a rotator with 267,200...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Slide

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) introduced the WGS Wide Guide Screw linear slide that utilizes a screw-driven carriage. Length and speed are not limited by critical screw speed, allowing high RPM, linear speed, and long stroke lengths. The slide offers stroke options of 6, 12, and 18" in three leads (0.1, 0.5, and...

Products : Motion Control
Angle Sensors

Novotechnik U.S. (Southborough, MA) introduced the RSX-7900 Series angle sensors that provide up to IP69K ingress protection and ISO13849 PL-d safety compliance in a non-contacting design. The sensors are available in six standard measuring ranges with angles from 0 to 60, to 0 to 360 degrees with unrestricted rotation. Resolution...

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