In a move aimed to simplify setup of complex systems, Sony Electronics and National Instruments teamed up to link the Sony XCI-SX1 Smart Camera and NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI) software, letting engineers configure, benchmark and deploy complete machine vision applications without any programming.
“Using a combination of tools from Sony and National Instruments gives engineers a better solution for identifying objects, inspecting packaging and verifying assembly,” said Ken LaMarca, general manager for visual imaging products at Sony.
The Sony XCI-SX1 Smart Camera integrates what used to require a PC, image acquisition board and charge-coupled device (CCD) into its camera. Teamed with NI Vision Builder AI software, it gives system integrators and end users the ability to create high-performance systems that address specific needs across a broad spectrum of industries and applications. The camera uses Sony’s 1/2-inch SXGA Progressive Scan B&W CCD, and operates at 15 fps at SXGA resolution and 34 fps at VGA.
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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