The R256 single-axis controller and driver is engineered to feature the same compact size as its predecessor, yet is capable of increased microstepping resolution and higher output current. It is capable of step resolutions ranging from 2× to 256×, and it operates from +12 to 20V dc. Its phase current ranges from 0.1 to 2A peak. It is designed to be programmed via serial port and used as a stand-alone unit with no PC connection required.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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