Z Corp.'s ZPrinter®
250 (multicolor) are easy to use out of the
box; build 3-D models with five times the resolution; and have the industry's
lowest operating cost (lowest cost per model). They print five to 10 times faster than other 3-D printing technologies, with
the ability to print multiple, stacked models simultaneously.
150/250 specifications include:
Resolution: 300 x
Size: 0.016 inch (0.4 mm)
Speed: 0.8 inch/hour (20 mm/hour)
Build Size: 9.3 x
7.3 x 5 inch (236 x 185 x 127 mm)
Both incorporate automation features first offered in the midrange ZPrinter
450, including automatic setup, automatic powder loading, and self-monitoring
of materials and print status. The ZPrinter 150 and ZPrinter 250 are available
now through Z Corp.'s worldwide reseller network. Suggested retail price in the U.S is $14,900 and $24,900 respectively.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.