This year's Robotics Conference, to be held June 9-10 in suburban Detroit, will examine bottom line issues such as cost justification for automating with robotics and manufacturing issues such as the variety of new applications for robots, says the Robotic Industries Association. Highlights include presentations from Pirelli Tire North America (www.us.pirelli.com), Nestlé (www.nestle.com), and Borg Warner (www.bwauto.com) about implementing robotics at these companies. For more information on the conference, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-523.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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