The PROFIBUS Trade Organization has announced that its PROFInet Isochronous Real Time extension for high performance motion control has made significant progress and will be available within 18 months. The IRT model will complement the existing PROFInet Soft Real Time and offer 1-msec synchronization for over 150 axes of control. PROFInet IRT will use real time ASIC switches, which offer the chance to have interrupt-free solutions for complex situations. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-505.
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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