STRATASYS COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF SOLID CONCEPTS

Stratasys expects to complete its acquisition of Harvest Technologies by the end of July.

Parallella: $119 Parallel Computing Platform with 16-core Epiphany chip

Parallella Computer Specifications: The Parallella platform is an open source, energy efficient, high performance, credit-card sized computer based on the Epiphany multicore chips developed by Adapteva. This affordable platform is designed for developing and implementing high performance, parallel processing applications developed to take advantage of the on-board Epiphany chip. The Epiphany 16 or 64 core chips consists of a scalable array of simple RISC processors programmable in C/C++ connected together with a fast on chip network within a single shared memory architecture... ( cont'd ) A realtime raytracing example running on the 16-core Epiphany chip:

Allied Market Research: 3D Printing Market is Expected to Reach $8.6 Billion, Globally, by 2020

The global 3D printing market will reach $8.6 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 20.6% from 2014 to 2020.

Raspberry Pi Model B+

From Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi Founder: This isn’t a “Raspberry Pi 2″, but rather the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi. Today, I’m very pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability, at $35 – it’s still the same price, of what we’re calling the Raspberry Pi Model B+. The Model B+ uses the same BCM2835 application processor as the Model B. It runs the same software, and still has 512MB RAM; but James and the team have made the following key improvements: More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B. More USB. We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour. Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version. Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W. Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply. Neater form factor. We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes... ( cont'd )

New Ironless Linear Motor - UXX Series from Tecnotion

The UXX is the most powerful standard ironless motor Tecnotion offers. It is ideal for heavy duty industrial applications that demand ultra-precision and maximum force output.

Inside 3D Printing is Coming to Hong Kong on August 26-27 - Get 10% OFF

Visit www.inside3dprinting.com for further information

HHI Develops New Robotic Welding Process for Building Offshore Facilities

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), the world's biggest shipbuilder and a leading offshore facilities contractor, announced today that it developed a new automatic welding process for building offshore facilities.

New Ironless Linear Motor - UXX Series from Tecnotion

The UXX is the most powerful standard ironless motor Tecnotion offers. It is ideal for heavy duty industrial applications that demand ultra-precision and maximum force output. With no cogging and zero attraction force between the coil and the magnets, it is ideal in flat panel and semiconductor applications.

Spectra-Physics® Unveils Enhanced Widely-Tunable Ultrafast Laser for Multiphoton Imaging

New InSight® DS+™ delivers >1.2 W output power with >600 nm tuning range, <120 fs pulses

Applied manufacturing Technologies (AMT) Presents Technology Fair 2014 August 21, 2014. 25 Years of Automation Excellence

A combination of 30 speakers, vendor exhibits, technical breakout-training sessions, leading edge demonstrations and AMT engineers and specialists on-site, this is the must-attend automation event of the year.

Intro to Shape Memory Alloy Actuation Using Flexinol

From Jie Qi's projects page: Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are metals that change shape when heated up. They are wonderful actuators in that they are light, silent and can be "turned on" by simply running current through. The shape that they change to can also be set, though this process is a bit more tricky. Flexinol is a particular brand of nitinol, which is an SMA made of nickel and titanium, and is pre-set to contract about 10% of its original length when heated. In my projects, I generally used the 0.006" to 0.01" diameter, High-Temp wires. Since Flexinol draws a lot of current (about 300mA for the diameters I used), you need a strong power supply like a wall supply or a good lithium-ion battery. I've used from 3.7V up to 6V (any more and my Flexinol wires would start overheating). To turn the Flexinol on, I would simply short the ends of the wire to the power. For digital control, I used a standard MOSFET circuit which is a digital switch that can be turned on and off using a microcontroller... ( cont'd )

VadaTech Announces Line of FMCs for Network Interface

VadaTech, a manufacturer of embedded boards and complete application-ready platforms, now offers FMCs with high-speed interfaces up to 40GB speeds. This includes cages for dual QSPF+, SPF+, and RJ-45 as well as some quad cage versions.

Latest in 3D Printing and Wearable Tech to Converge at Designers of Things 2014 as Schedule Continues to Grow

Register by September 12 to Save on the Hottest New Event in Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, September 23-24, 2014

Davron Indexing Conveyor Oven Halves Time Needed for Preheating Cycle

Davron Technologies, Inc. announces the design and manufacturing of the DTI-1138, an indexing conveyor oven that uses both electricity and natural gas to preheat automotive carpet and pads.

SME's Manufacturing Engineering Media and Italian Trade Agency Partner for Volume IX Edition of Machines Italia Magazine

Digital publication highlights how Italian manufacturers are supporting North American companies with machinery and technology.

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ST Robotics - R17HS-6, the 6-axis version of the high speed R17 variant

ST Robotics - R17HS-6, the 6-axis version of the high speed R17 variant

The 6-axis version of the R17HS high speed variant of the R17 robot is now available. As is our policy the 6th axis is an optional bolt-on module. At the same time we have made it even faster and new software eliminates shake and greatly improves repeatability as this video shows. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wG0MeiJ-yE. The video would seem to imply a repeatability of 0.01mm but we are sticking with 0.2mm in the spec. The motor specialist was able to tune the motors from the other side of the pond. My first reaction when we put power on and entered the first commands was to jump back in amazement (and maybe an expletive). Tip speed is now 3m/s; that's 3 times as fast as its nearest competitor yet costs half the price. I love it when a plan comes together.