Four new video cameras from Toshiba redefine the term microminiature. The IK-M43H camera's head is 7 mm in diameter--about that of a standard No. 2 pencil. It is the length of a paper clip (42 mm) and has a lens the size of a corn kernel. Other members of this microminiature camera line are the IK-M41A, which boasts a 0.5-inch, 410,000-pixel CCD image sensor; the IK-41A, a high-resolution monochrome camera optimized for pattern recognition; and the IK-TU40A, an ice-cube-size point-of-view camera that can work with a wireless transmitter. Possible applications include: space-sensitive machine vision, medical research, and broadcast equipment. Toshiba America Information Systems: Product Code 4206
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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