National Instruments is previewing its Smart Camera technology, set for introduction later this year. The camera augments NI’s position in machine vision, simplifying setup for the growing number of engineers who are implementing vision for the first time or two.
Smart Camera incorporates more control functions, helping reduce the amount of space needed to squeeze cameras into the tight spaces of production equipment. The unit, including lens, control circuitry and fairly extensive software, is about the size of a professional quality digital camera. NI currently offers a Compact Vision System and PXI frame grabbers.
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
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