Synergetix, the creator of the do-it-yourself design tool SocketBuilder.com, has announced its version 2.0. The new version of SocketBuilder will expand the site's offering of automated design for QFN packages and Area Array packages and will enable customers to design floating nest test sockets for BGA devices. Another upgrade includes a customer probe override for heavier users who want to control their own spring probe choices. Visit www.socketbuilder.com to see the site or www.synergetix.com for more information on the upgrades.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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