lenticular lens technology patented by National Graphics of Brookfield, WI
reduces materials costs by 40 percent, improves resolution, and enables very
fine print and barcodes to be legible under the lens. The surface of the lens
can accept ink jet printing for additional printing. The flexibility and
thinness of the material permit use of plastic processes such as in-mold
decorating. A cup submitted to Design News' judges shows an animation
of a boy kicking and then chasing a soccer ball. The technology also permits
use of flashing arrows or changing colors to point out a hazard on a safety
sign. The high-definition offers superior quality of detail. When used as
part of an in-mold system, the material is only 0.007-inch thick, reducing
materials costs. Materials typically used in the system, as cited in the
patent, are one or more of: polyester, polycarbonate, polyvinyl chloride (PVC),
polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and amorphous polyethylene terephthalate
(APET). "National can place almost twice the amount of information under this
lens than others outside of the patent boundaries resulting in a photographic
like presentation of animated information," says Donald Krause, president of
Lenticular technology was
created in the 1940s but has evolved to show more motion and increased depth.
Lenses are a transparent plastic sheet or web, typically including an array of
identical curved or ribbed surfaces that are formed on the front surface. The
back surface of the lens is typically flat. www.extremevision.com
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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