A modular system for Cartesian robots makes it simple to configure and add grippers, motors, linear modules and other equipment. The CamoLine, being previewed by Bosch Rexroth, represents a merger of Bosch and Rexroth technologies, according to Bashar Abdo, product manager. It also gives system integrators much more flexibility.
“Electromechanical and pneumatics can be integrated in one platform. Anyone can customize a robot with standardized components,” Abdo says. Along with common sizes and standardized positions for attachment holes, the modules include centering rings to simplify attachment.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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