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.
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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