TransPerformance The Performer The keypad and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) on this guitar are the obvious tip-off to embedded electronics. A closer look reveals that the bridge and tailpiece are quite different, too. The guitar's six strings pass through a tuner assembly to the back of the guitar where six stepper motors simultaneously adjust each string's tension. The whole system is controlled by a microcontroller, but analog ICs interface to the stepper motors. The motors' speeds are adjustable with full-speed changes of one whole step per second. Touch-up accuracy is ± 2 cents. A cent is a logarithmic unit to measure musical intervals with 1,200 cents equal to one octave. For more information on TransPerformance's The Performer, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-543.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published two physics-based models for the selective laser melting (SLM) metals additive manufacturing process, so engineers can understand how it works at the powder and scales, and develop better parts with less trial and error.
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