The new ZScanner 800 adds a third HD camera that raises the resolution of its previous model, the 700, from .25 mm to .05 mm. Z Corp. claims its scanners are the only “self-positioning laser scanners” in the world. Whereas other scanners require reference points or “targets” on the product being scanned, the ZScanners do not, a booth spokesman said at the show. He also said they are faster than tripod mounted models — a small part, for example, could be scanned in six minutes or an entire car dashboard in two hours.
The new scanner costs $50,000. The 700 is $40,000. These scanners are typically used in quality control, inspection or for rapid prototyping. They produce .stl files, which can be imported in 3D CAD software or output to 3D printers.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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