Built as an alternative to pneumatic or hydraulic systems, this actuator series offers lightweight products with a small footprint. They last longer and are more precise thanks to ABEC-7 angular contact bearings, and it's easy to maintain or reconfigure them with different motors and/or leadscrews with the actuators' interchangeable mounting plates. With no gears between the motor and the drive screw, the Kevlar drive belt and pulleys offer low-backlash, low-noise drive ratios of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to 1. The actuators offer 17 different motor options, including dc, dc servo, dc gearmotors, steppers and Animatic "Smart Motors." They can remember positions even after power loss. They are permanently lubricated and sealed, and can come with a variety of end connections and trunnion mounts. A matching controller is also available.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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