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.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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