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.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.