With a top speed of 12.5 mph (20 km/h) on a vehicle that depends on battery power to maintain balance, a ride on Segway's i2 could certainly be called exciting. Two Valence Saphion lithium-ion batteries in the i2 deliver a range of up to 24 miles on a single charge. Saphion lithium-ion batteries are low-maintenance batteries that can operate at temperatures as low as 14F (-10C). The Segway PT uses several Microchip Technology products including the PIC16F 8-bit Flash microcontrollers. Among other tasks, the MCUs manage the battery power. Get more information on Microchip Technology's PIC16F 8-bit Flash microcontrollers.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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