To the growing list of low-cost desktop modeling systems that you might actually be able to buy, add the V-Flash from 3D Systems. The company early this month began shipping this $9,900 machine, bundling it with Alibre Design Software. The V-Flash marks the company’s first use of its new Film Transfer Imaging technology, which you can read about in this earlier post. One promising use for this new technology platform involves the direct digital manufacturing of custom hearing aid shells. Dreve Otoplastik, an earmold manufacturer, this month announced that has developed materials specifically for the V-Flash HA 230 system, a model designed for the hearing aid industry.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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