Prospector software operates under Windows NT and allows electronic development of the entire moldmaking process. Built-in "Wizards" guide operators through the tool and cutter path selection. In addition, Prospector generates "bulletproof" cutter paths by alerting operators to potential violations or design flaws created by off-line CAD/CAM systems. The software also features a Remaining Stock Model feature. Brochure explains how Prospector helps machinists on the shop floor make decisions based on conditions that may not have been apparent in the CAM room.
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
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