OSERO, an optical fiber sewing robot from Decoray of Korea, has animated the world of fashion by creating customized bags, hats, and clothing with illuminated logos and images. The robot sews water-resistant optical fibers measuring 0.25 and 0.5 mm in diameter into a piece of material no larger than 570 x 420 mm, which is then incorporated into the end-product. Red, green, yellow, blue, and white LEDs are used to light up the fibers. Requiring either two lithium or four standard AAA batteries, the LEDs are powered by a simple processor that creates the animated sequence. For more information on the OSERO technology, go to www.decoray.co.kr.
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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