You don't usually see robots running in the middle of a trade-show floor without
some sort of physical guarding to protect the innocent passerby from a robotic
beat down. But here at the Assembly Technology Expo, Pilz demonstrated it's
"Safety Eye" system, which uses a 3D vision system to create a protective
barrier around the robot. When a person enters the system's outer protective
zone, the robot slows down. Get closer and enter the inner zone, and the robot
stops entirely. No guarding required.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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