This driver has an integrated simple controller, and offers output current ranging from 0.2 to 2.5 amps/phase with step resolutions from full, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8. It can be configured and controlled either by a simple RS485 communications bus or step and direction inputs. Different access codes can run multiple modules on the same bus. A non-volatile memory can save user-configurable parameters, and allow them to be restored after a power-down, power-up cycle. The R101 can be customized by Lin Engineering, including reprogramming the inputs for a keypad interface or re-coding the homing command to the index phase of an encoder.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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