At the top of each hour, a proprietary controller sends a signal via RS-485 link to twin controllers, causing them to execute a motion profile program that drives each of two sculptures. A NEMA 34 stepper motor running in the open-loop mode in conjunction with a 15:1 right angle gearhead provides enough torque to drive the system. An open gear reduction of 5:1 between the gear-head output pinion and the slewing ring gear on the stage platen maintains a favorable inertia ratio between the rotating sculpture and the motor. This configuration allows the system to accelerate the sculptures at approximately 1 rev/sec2 to speeds in excess of 20 rpm when executing their motion profile. The completed rotary stage is repeatable to ±2 degrees, with most of the position error due to backlash in the open gearing comprising the final stage of the drive train. The easy programmability of the ZETA system allowed for a dynamic and realistic motion profile.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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