Engineers at Watershot Inc. (www.watershot.com) recently designed a new underwater camera housing without first building costly prototypes. The enabler: CAD software. The company used SolidWorks to develop the Zuccarini underwater camera housings. In the process, engineers created a gear tower mechanism that transfers the axial motion of the external camera housing controls 90° to the axial rotation of the iris and focus bezels on the lens inside the housing. "The gear tower assembly was the most complex mechanism we had designed up to that point," says owner Steve Ogles.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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