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Injection Molding and Machining Resins for Medical Devices and Components

Successfully matching resins for manufacturing injection molded and machined medical devices and components means reviewing the types of materials available and reviewing the product usage. Usage considerations include temperature, chemical contact and resistance, applied stresses during use, transparency, opacity, aesthetics, wear resistance, lubricity and sterilization. Typical resins used for medical applications and components include PEEK,

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Designing a better exoskeleton

Listen in as Jeff Gorges of the University of Houston Research Lab describes how fast turnaround of prototyped and final parts helped the researchers move quickly on developing a futuristic brain-machine robotics system. Make Parts Fast

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Subtractive and additive technologies help design a better exoskeleton

Custom-machined joints, brain-controlled exoskeleton combine to enable paraplegics to walk. “Enabling people with lower-limb paralysis to walk again is an endeavor with a “high social impact,” says Jose Contreras-Vidal, director, University of Houston research lab. The United States has an estimated 6 million people with paralysis. Lifetime care for a 25-year-old who becomes paraplegic because of […]

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Fictiv streamlines communications to its online interface

With Fictiv’s recently added Live Annotations feature, users get immediate manufacturing feedback from Fictiv engineers, which helps in the production of better user products. “Often valuable design for manufacturing feedback is only available to a few users subscribing to expensive CAD packages, but our goal at Fictiv is to make these tools more accessible to […]

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Unable to grasp the meaning of numbers

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor Much has been written about the innumeracy of the general populace. An inability to grasp the meaning of numbers leads to a variety of bad outcomes that include a predilection to be hoodwinked by junk science and financial scams. An even more pernicious outcome of an inability to understand simple

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The IoT and Cloud security measures — not as well developed as needed

Staff Report Will a fight break out over who’s responsible for securing data? Maybe. Will companies start taking security seriously? Not sure. Will design engineers need to address security before corporate management? A key component of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the cloud; that group of services

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Surface mount fasteners go with the flow

by Leon M. Attarian, PennEngineering Switching to surface mount spacers reduces hardware requirements and simplifies installation. Application challenge: One of Penn Engineering’s manufacturing customers was constantly experiencing production delays for an application where printed circuit boards were mounted to daughter boards in a line card for optical fiber telecom equipment. Line cards are modular electronic

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Laird’s Liquid Cooling Systems and Temperature Controllers Designed for Semiconductor Fabrication Equipment

Laird (LRD: London) has developed custom cooling and temperature control systems for semiconductor fabrication equipment. The critical production tools used in semiconductor fabrication facilities must be reliable and easy to service to minimize downtime. Laird’s custom liquid cooling systems for semiconductor tools – which can include heat exchangers, pumps, sensors, thermoelectric modules, thermoelectric assemblies, thermoelectric

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Innova Engineering announces establishment of new research and development facility

Innova Engineering recently opened a new Research and Development facility in Santa Ana, California. The new facility allows for an expansion of capabilities and services offered by the engineering firm. With over 22 years of experience in the product development industry, Innova Engineering supports manufacturers in the medical, aerospace, automotive and consumer product industries, utilizing computer simulation

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Multiphysics 5.2a focuses on accuracy, usability, and apps

Comsol Multiphysics 5.2a has a number of user-driven features and enhancements that focus on accuracy, usability, and productivity. From new solvers and methods, to application design and deployment tools, software version 5.2a expands the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical design and optimization capabilities. Three new solvers deliver faster and more memory efficient computations. The smoothed

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Predictive engineering analytics: Simcenter unifies, advances Siemens PLM’s simulation/test portfolio

By Bruce Jenkins • President • Ora Research One of Siemens PLM’s hallmarks is its track record of outstanding management of its acquisitions over many years. It consistently presents a compelling strategic rationale for the move, makes sensible, comprehensible commitments as to how it will operate and integrate the acquired business and its technologies—then follows

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First Vectis Shipment sent to China for Kamado Joe Assembly

Counterbalanced hinges made in Jamestown, NY Shipped to China for Assembly and Sales in US Weber Knapp shipped its inaugural shipment of Vectis™ counterbalances hinges to China for assembly in the popular Kamado Joe® smokers to be sold in the US. More than 2,600 units were sent. The Kamado Joe ceramic smoker has become a

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Chinese fire drill over trade

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor Many moons ago I encountered the first auto I’d ever seen that was manufactured in China. It sat in Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, the premier event for vehicle introductions in the U.S. My experience opening the driver-side door set the tone of that initial encounter: A loud and

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rp+m adds metal additive manufacturing to its offerings

rp+m, a leading service provider of rapid prototyping and manufacturing services, has selected Concept Laser’s M2 cusing metal additive machine to strengthen its research and development competencies. The M2 cusing will allow rp+m to develop innovative applications for clients, due to its open architecture, which enables alloy development and parameter editing. rp+m will be the […]

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Visit B&R in Chicago at IMTS 2016

Visit the B&R booth to learn about the integrated machine control platform and advanced technologies At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), from September 12-17 in Chicago’s McCormick Place, B&R Industrial Automation Corp will exhibit its innovative automation solutions at booth E-4115. B&R specializes in standards-based, scalable and modular control systems integrating CNC, logic,

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