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The 8 ways 3D printing is changing manufacturing forever

People debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing. Hod Lipson, professor at Columbia University, recently gave a presentation on why 3D printing will definitely disrupt what we know of today as design and manufacturing. Here are his 8 reasons. 1. No assembly required 3D printing enables

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Sealing manufacturer gets aggressive with its recycling program

With landfill space at a premium throughout the world, a Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies plant in Mexico is making an environmental difference by recycling nearly 100% of its industrial scrap and waste. Freudenberg-NOK’s Cuautla facility, in the state of Morelos, adopted an aggressive recycling program nine months ago in keeping with the company’s overall push to

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Ring drive handles high torque and speed

The Compact Ring Drive (CRD) system, with precision grade bearing and drive mechanism in a sealed housing, is easily programmed. The three-drive design allows the CRD to handle high speed, high torque or both, depending on the application. With a 250 or 350 mm dial plate bolt circle diameter and a large open center, users

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Save fuel with hydromechanical variable transmission

Dana Rexroth Transmission Systems has announced that its engineers have completed final validation testing of the R3 hydromechanical variable transmission (HVT), with the start of production expected in the third quarter of this year. Both versions of the HVT technology feature a modular design that can be adapted for many applications, including wheel loaders, motor

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Keep an eye on moving product

Vision can play a key role in food and beverage applications. The SBSI series low cost vision sensors, for example, read 1D and 2D codes, and handle quality inspection tasks. These code readers can identify, track and trace products for production flow, logistics, and serialization. The SBSI-B can also read Direct Part Marking (DPM) codes,

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Component library for modeling pneumatic systems

MapleSim Pneumatics Library from Modelon is an add-on component library to MapleSim system-level modeling and simulation platform. This library can be used in the modeling and simulation of pneumatic systems for system design, component sizing, and control design, with applications that include construction equipment, machine design, and commercial vehicle design. Using MapleSim and the pneumatics

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Simulation apps for the IoT

As engineers work toward 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), designers of RF and microwave devices can use multiphysics modeling and simulation of antennas and circuits, not limited to RF and microwaves but extending to the range of millimeter waves and Terahertz. The latest release of the RF Module in COMSOL Multiphysics comes with

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Reliability concerns drive UAV propulsion technologies

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor Makers of unmanned vehicles are leaning on technology to field drones that can fly longer with fewer worries about maintenance. Eyeball the radio-controlled model planes at your local hobby store and you’ll likely see some of the same components now found on the unmanned aerial vehicles used in missions over

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Aerospace regulations can prove challenging for successful design projects

Edited by: Paul J. Heney, Editorial Director There’s a rough rule of thumb that’s widely observed in aircraft system design and development: It usually takes at least five years to go from the original concept of a new system to the point at which the FAA issues a Type Certificate, so that an actual aircraft

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Lubricants play critical role in space applications

Satellites must operate around the clock in a harsh and extreme environment. While they seem to glide gracefully through space, reaction wheels inside are constantly spinning at high speed to provide small but precise adjustments for the position and altitude. Essentially, the reaction wheel is a flywheel, where torque is applied to a single axis

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When “scientific reasoning” is an oxymoron

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor, @DW_LeeTeschler The journal Science had an interesting take on a recent statement by the American Statistical Association (ASA): Imagine the American Physical Society convening a panel of experts to issue a missive to the scientific community on the difference between weight and mass. And imagine that the impetus for such

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Opto 22 Releases PAC Project Automation Software v9.5

Enhanced software suite includes IIoT integration through a RESTful API to controller tags and I/O—an automation and controls industry first Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced immediate availability of version 9.5 of PAC Project™, a Microsoft® Windows®-based integrated software development suite for industrial automation, process control, remote monitoring, and Internet of Things applications. The

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Universal Serial Bus Foot Control

Linemaster Switch Corporation has introduced the new USB (Universal Serial Bus) foot switch. The new USB foot control is offered in various wired and wireless configurations to suit most applications. Perform multiple functions like emulating a mouse or keyboard keystroke with your feet while freeing your hands to perform additional operations. Certain models are field

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3D printed cast mends bones and plays music

Who wants a boring, old plaster cast while broken bones mend? Instead, you can have an awesome cast with pressure sensors, bluetooth speakers to play your music, LED lights, gyroscope, accelerometer, and WiFi enabled Intel Edison. Meet BOOMcast, a 3d printed cast with embedded electronics so that a doctor can monitor a broken limb’s physical […]

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Using 3D printing to repair metal parts

Not only can 3D printing build parts, layer by layer, some metal additive systems repair already built parts. Optomec is one company with such a capability. BeAM Machines, Inc. is a new entrant into the U.S. market. BeAM is a spin-off of 30-year-old French Laser research center. It is working with the support of Fives […]

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