News http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8218/more en Edge-Processing Machine Gets Good Controls http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/edge-processing-machine-gets-good-controls <div class="field-byline"> Elisabeth Eitel </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Axis Robotics Inc. does consulting and short-run manufacturing for semiconductor equipment. Recently, it built an edge-processing machine that operates like a three-axis CNC machine — but only for one specific operation. Controllers from AllMotion move three of the machine’s axes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/edge-processing-machine-gets-good-controls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/edge-processing-machine-gets-good-controls#comments Robotics Motion Control News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:12:00 +0000 40371 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printing and Silicone Ink Lead to Energy-Absorbing Parts http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printing-and-silicone-ink-lead-energy-absorbing-parts <div class="field-byline"> Stephen Mraz </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Researchers at Livermore National Laboratory have developed a silicone-based “ink” that can be used in 3D printers to make cushions and pads. The energy-absorbing parts can have different levels of softness determined by how the 3D printer deposits the ink...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printing-and-silicone-ink-lead-energy-absorbing-parts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printing-and-silicone-ink-lead-energy-absorbing-parts#comments 3D Printing Materials News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000 40361 at http://machinedesign.com <p>This silicone component has energy absorbing properties that were predetermined by how the 3D printer that made the structure created layers of a newly developed silicone &ldquo;ink.&rdquo;</p> Piezo nanopositioning stages http://machinedesign.com/products/piezo-nanopositioning-stages <div class="node-body article-body">The QNP-L Series of piezo nanopositioning stages offer a variety of travel and feedback options. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/piezo-nanopositioning-stages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/piezo-nanopositioning-stages#comments Products Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:00 +0000 40191 at http://machinedesign.com Programmable encoders http://machinedesign.com/products/programmable-encoders <div class="node-body article-body">The OptoPulse EIL580P Series incremental encoders provide from 1 to 65,536 pulses. It can set the reference pulse using the master control to ease setup. Users can select reference pulse widths between 90 and 180°, which allows for a configurable pulse sequence independent of the rotational direction. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/programmable-encoders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/programmable-encoders#comments Products Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:26:00 +0000 40181 at http://machinedesign.com Plunger accessories http://machinedesign.com/products/plunger-accessories <div class="node-body article-body">Type PTL2 spring-loaded plunger positioning pins quickly move racks, slides, access panels, consoles, and similar equipment to new positions without requiring tools. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/plunger-accessories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/plunger-accessories#comments Products Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:18:00 +0000 40171 at http://machinedesign.com Product Spotlight: Adhesives & Fasteners http://machinedesign.com/products/product-spotlight-adhesives-fasteners <div class="node-body gallery-body">The latest in adhesive and fastening products.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/product-spotlight-adhesives-fasteners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/product-spotlight-adhesives-fasteners#comments Products Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:53:00 +0000 40161 at http://machinedesign.com A Disposal for Fluorescent Lights http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/disposal-fluorescent-lights <div class="node-body article-body">The Bulb Eater 3 lamp crusher from Aircycle Corp., Lisle, Ill., can safely dispose of straight fluorescent lamps of any length, as well as U-shaped bulbs and CFLs (with optional chute attachment), reducing them to little more than dust.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/disposal-fluorescent-lights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/disposal-fluorescent-lights#comments What's Inside? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:22:00 +0000 40051 at http://machinedesign.com Adaptable Pushbutton Switch Carries IP65 Rating http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/adaptable-pushbutton-switch-carries-ip65-rating <div class="node-body article-body">The KF Series of sealed rocker switches from Cherry Electrical Products, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., resists dust and water and can be configured to meet a variety of different needs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/adaptable-pushbutton-switch-carries-ip65-rating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/adaptable-pushbutton-switch-carries-ip65-rating#comments What's Inside? Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:16:00 +0000 40041 at http://machinedesign.com Autonomous UAVs Now Travel in Packs http://machinedesign.com/sensors/autonomous-uavs-now-travel-packs <div class="field-byline"> Sarah Mangiola, Associate Content Producer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">GTRI is currently testing three UAVs working autonomously together. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/autonomous-uavs-now-travel-packs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/autonomous-uavs-now-travel-packs#comments Sensors News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:25:00 +0000 39981 at http://machinedesign.com <p>This UAV and two others like it were recently used in one of the first demonstrations of formation flying.</p> Courtesy of Georgia Tech Research Institute Supersized Calender Uses Multiple, Stacked Drives http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/supersized-calender-uses-multiple-stacked-drives <div class="field-byline"> Iliza Sokol, Associate Content Producer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Upgrading the production size of a calender used to rubberize conveyor belts necessitated a multi-drive, stacked configuration.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/supersized-calender-uses-multiple-stacked-drives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/supersized-calender-uses-multiple-stacked-drives#comments Manufacturing Equipment Mechanical Drives News Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:32:00 +0000 39971 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Stacking the drives three high with the fourth to the side presented various mounting issues. 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