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.

Interview with e-NABLE Founder Jon Schull

By far, one of the most inspirational and impressive projects that's come from the 3D printing/DIY community has been the work we're seeing on open-source assistive devices, and one online organization that is playing a major role in making this happen is e-NABLE, a group started by Dr. Jon Schull of Rochester Institute of Technology.

KUKA Robot Helps Fabricate Wooden Pavilion Inspired by the Sea Urchin

With the help of a KUKA robot, a research project at the University of Stuttgart gave rise to a wooden pavilion that is characterized by its particular capabilities and efficient use of resources. The unusual pavilion can be visited at the State Garden Festival in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany until 12 October.

ATI Industrial Automation's 8th Annual Technology Fair Scheduled for August 21st, 2014

. ATI will provide cost-effective solutions to the most challenging applications which will increase robot productivity and surpass your automation needs.

Squad X Infrastructure Study Seeks Innovative Ways to Improve Dismounted Squads' Tactical Advantage

DARPA invites white papers designed to help define the state of the art and future research directions

BugJuggler: Project to build 70ft tall robot that juggles cars

Project Overview: BugJuggler will use a diesel engine to generate hydraulic pressure. An operator located in the robot’s head will be able to control its motions using a haptic feedback interface connected to high-speed servo valves. Hydraulic accumulators - essentially storage batteries for hydraulic fluid - will allow for the rapid movement required for the robot to juggle cars or other large, heavy objects.  The first stage of the BugJuggler project will be construction of a working 8ft tall single arm proof-of-principle juggler able to toss and catch a 250lb mass... ( cont'd )

Spectra-Physics® Launches High Energy, One-Box Ultrafast Amplifiers

• New Solstice Ace delivers industry-leading >6 mJ energy, >7 W power with ultrashort <35 fs pulses

S2C ProtoBridge™ AXI Expands FPGA-Based Prototype Usage

Acceleration of virtual prototype development, RTL verification and SoC software validation

Australian startup Hardcotton launches world first for 3D printing

Elemental - The world's first pressure controlled 3D printer

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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.