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.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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