Also at the show, Astyx Inc. (formerly known as Microwave Technology and Sensors) showed a proximity sensor that detects the distance of near-field (about half an inch) targets, including carbon fiber composites, as well as all types of metals. The new prox sensor represents a departure of sorts for sensing technology, which previously had been unable to detect such composites with great accuracy. Astyx Inc. President Peter Schmitz says the new sensor can detect its distance from a carbon fiber to an accuracy of about 10 µm at a measuring range of about 1 mm. For more information on Astyx, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-553.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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