This platform runs on a rolling ring drive and reciprocates automatically without motor reversal. Linear speed can be adjusted on the fly with a control knob on the assembly, without changing speed or reducing gears. No electronics or programming is needed - speed and travel direction are controlled mechanically. The platform is low maintenance, with no hydraulics or pneumatics, and only a light shaft lubrication once every three months in the linear drive. Adjustable end stops can increase or decrease length of travel. Precision-machined components limit vertical and horizontal platform movement to within ± 0.001 inches, and rolling ring bearings compressed against the shaft inside the drive make for zero play and backlash-free motion. A modified reversal mechanism makes for smooth, jarring and jerking-free reversal.
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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