In order to further integrate robot control into its dyanamic PC-based
software platform, Beckhoff Automation has released the new TwinCATฎ Kinematic Transformation
software. With this release, TwinCAT software now extends its standard machine
sequencing and motion control capability to Delta- and SCARA-type robot
mechanisms with a Kinematic Transformation option.
This eliminates the need for a dedicated robot
controller, the associated software and handshaking routines in applications
that require a robot to handle part loading/unloading tasks. Since the
robot control is in the same controller, the robot movements can be tightly
coordinated with non-robotic motion such as conveyors and other moving mechanisms.
The PC-based control platform from Beckhoff unites PLC, motion control and
robotics all on one multi-tasking hardware and software platform.
Kinematic Transformation" software provides the user with a series of
Eliminates the separate CPU required for robot control.
Reduces engineering costs: configuration, parameterization and
Provides higher performance and accuracy because of direct interfaces;
complex communication between separate CPUs is eliminated.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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