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.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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