The MC1401A version 2.3 advanced multi-axis servomotor chipset features electronic gearing capability and can control up to four dc motors simultaneously. The user-specified gear ratio can range from 1 to 16,384 in negative and positive directions with a resolution of 32 bits. This feature gives users the flexibility to change the gear ratio on-the-fly. A "master" input axis drives the servoed "slave" axis after going through a programmable gear ratio. Two master/slave pairs can be created on the 4-axis chipset; axis 3 geared to axis 1, and axis 4 geared to axis 2.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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