Mini suction cups are for handling small items and are available in Models U and B. Model U is available in 2 and 3 mm in diameter sizes, and is for flat and slightly curved surfaces. Model B with bellows is available in sizes 5 and 8 mm in diameter, and compensates for level adjustment. The bellows provides a lifting movement to separate thin items. All these cups are available in an electrically conductive silicone rubber, and this anti-static silicone is rubber reinforced with carbon black.
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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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.