Velmex's line of assemblies come with brand new compact optical encoders, made for precise positioning or gauging in manufacturing and testing. The screw-driven slides measure absolute travel distance and position with an encoder, offering 1-micron and 5-micron resolutions. The LED digital readout has an RS-232C interface, zero reset button and an inch/metric toggle switch. The stages come in 2.5, 4, 6 and 9-inch cross-sectional widths for loads up to 300 lb, and many UniSlide models offer travels ranging from 1 to 84 inches. Modular UniSlide Assemblies can be put together to make multi-coordinate systems.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.