Clippard Instrument Lab. Inc. (www.clippard.com) will introduce pressure-actuated electrical switches that will enable pneumatics to remotely pilot electrical devices. The actuator has a spring return piston with a low-friction U-cup seal that requires pressure as low as 5 psig to actuate an electrical switch. The company plans to make it available in both subminiature and miniature sizes with a variety of current ratings and terminal styles.
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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