Industry Lines Up to Support Leading Advanced Manufacturing Event in Philadelphia this October

Local and regional groups partner with UBM Canon Medical, Design, and Advanced Manufacturing Event

SCIENCE CENTER'S MAKER STUDIO CAPACITY DOUBLES WITH RECORD DONATION FROM LEADING EUROPEAN 3D PRINTER MANUFACTURER, ULTIMAKER

Science City Now Has One of the Largest Installations of 3D Printers, Supporting Growing Demand for STEAM Education

Morgan Advanced Materials and Tyr Tactical announce armor system passes NIJ Level III certification testing requirements

Morgan Advanced Materials armor system passes NIJ Level III Certification

Made In Space Announces Additive Manufacturing In Vacuum Breakthrough

3D printing now possible outside the ISS, in the vacuum of space.

Intercomp USA and KAM Specialties to Offer Prime 3D Printing Seminar for Manufacturers in South Florida

The seminar will be held on Thursday, August 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Axis Space in Las Olas River House, 333 Las Olas Way, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Registration is required and seating is limited.

Kickstarter - The First "Intel Inside" Desktop 3D Printer - the "mostfun Pro" - to Crowdfund on Kickstarter

Each product is an exercise in the evolution from raw technology to product maturity and user friendliness.

Giving robots a more nimble grasp

Engineers use the environment to give simple robotic grippers more dexterity. Engineers at MIT have now hit upon a way to impart more dexterity to simple robotic grippers: using the environment as a helping hand. The team, led by Alberto Rodriguez, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and graduate student Nikhil Chavan-Dafle, has developed a model that predicts the force with which a robotic gripper needs to push against various fixtures in the environment in order to adjust its grasp on an object.

Robo-Sabotage Is Surprisingly Common

By Matt Beane for MIT Technology Review:  I think perhaps there’s something else at work here. Beyond building robots to increase productivity and do dangerous, dehumanizing tasks, we have made the technology into a potent symbol of sweeping change in the labor market, increased inequality, and recently the displacement of workers. If we replace the word “robot” with “machine,” this has happened in cycles extending well back through the Industrial Revolution. Holders of capital invest in machinery to increase production because they get a better return, and then many people, including some journalists, academics, and workers cry foul, pointing to the machinery as destroying jobs. Amidst the uproar, eventually there are a few reports of people angrily breaking the machines. Two years ago, I did an observational study of semiautonomous mobile delivery robots at three different hospitals. I went in looking for how using the robots changed the way work got done, but I found out that beyond increasing productivity through delivery work, the robots were kept around as a symbol of how progressive the hospitals were, and that when people who’d been doing similar delivery jobs at the hospitals quit, their positions weren’t filled.   Cont'd...

Nano Dimension Expands Network with Additional Global 500 Company Collaboration to Test Adoption of 3D Printed Electronics Technology

Nano Dimension will gain valuable exposure to the global semiconductor sector and will introduce its revolutionary 3D printing technology to early adopters.

Sierra-Olympic's New Thermography Camera System - CX640

Specially designed for use in process monitoring, machine vision, benchtop, laboratory, and OEM applications.

Festo's R&D Timeline - Part 2 - 2007-2009

More fascinating bionics projects from Festo.

Thermwood Announces 3D Additive Manufacturing Program

Thermwood has announced a program to develop a 3D Additive Manufacturing System, capable of making large carbon graphite reinforced composite thermoplastic components. These new systems will be based on Thermwood's Model 77, semi-enclosed, high wall gantry machine structures and American Kuhne, the preferred provider of engineered solutions for plastic, rubber & silicone extrusion, who developed a custom system, which integrates tightly, both mechanically and electronically.

Nachi Continues to Expand the World's Fastest & Lightest Compact Robot Series

Nachi announces the Global Launch of the World's Fastest and Lightest Compact Robot (MZ04), the Safe Robot Version (MZ04E) and the Extended Reach Model (MZ03L).

Nachi Introduces A Game-Changer in Robotic Vision Systems!

Using "Pattern Matching" Integrated Into Robot To Identify Parts Instead Of Features, Nachi's NV-PRO EX 3d Surface Pattern Matching Vision System Combines The Most Effective Attributes Of Several Traditional Sensing Solutions To Create An Innovative Technology With Advanced Application Capabilities.

It All AddSub for Star Prototype

World's first Additive / Subtractive manufacturing service launched

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Maplesoft - Free Whitepaper: Developing a Robot Model using System-Level Design

Maplesoft - Free Whitepaper: Developing a Robot Model using System-Level Design

This paper uses NAO, the humanoid robot from Aldebaran Systems, to demonstrate how MapleSim can be used to develop a robot model, and how the model can be further analyzed using the symbolic computation engine within Maple.