• Posts Tagged ‘Laser’

    Offering previously unimaginable complex designs, additive manufacturing holds the promise of the next industrial revolution. But for mass production, speed needs to improve.   The production floor of the future will be strangely quiet. No hissing welder machines, clanging hammers or buzzing milling machines. Instead,...

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    Watch our interview. Cameras, sensors, radar are the new eyes of autonomous vehicles. But do you know about LiDaR? These optical systems create precise 3D maps of the environment in real time, ensuring safety by taking traffic signals, other cars and pedestrians into account. This sophisticated technology will make...

    Watch our interview. Projectors are getting smaller and smaller and technology is getting better and better. But TriLite is going one step beyond. Their RGB 35-lumen laser module is a pico projector so small and light (3 grams) that it’s suitable for any small display device, from smartphones and tablets to smart...

    When the laser was patented in 1960, it was famously described as “a solution looking for a problem.” Since then, the laser (an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) has found myriad uses in diverse industries, and new applications are being developed all the time. The market for flat...

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    A new coding technology might mean an end to unattractive registration marks and dark background areas, and the rise of an aesthetic option for packaging designers. 3C! Packaging released Clear Code, a coating solution that changes color when exposed to an industrial CO2 laser beam. This opens the door to markings in...

    Optics used in communications promise improved performance, from data rates to energy efficiency. Communications are increasingly wireless and mobile, but there is always wired component, either improving or reducing quality.  Dr. Stephen J. Eglash, executive director of the Stanford Data Science Initiative and chair...

    At this year’s edition of SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, the focus was on green laser-assisted manufacturing and micro/nano fabrication. No less than 16 presentations and an online symposium were devoted to this area of green photonics, where lasers are  used to manufacture products with a more sustainable...

    The list is getting longer. Ceramics are now among the materials that can be 100% 3D printed. At Euromold in Dusseldorf, DirectIndustry e-magazine met with 3D Ceram, a French company specialized in the 3D printing of ceramic objects. Marc-Emmanuel Favre, 3D Ceram’s business developer, presented various products...

    Andrea Sega is a 26-year-old engineer working for Northype Laboratories. With two colleagues, he built Adam, an all-in-one 3D printer. Adam combines in a single unit the functions of a 3D printer, a 3D scanner, a laser cutter/engraver and a CNC milling machine. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to Sega about the...

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    At last September’s Euromold in Dusseldorf, the world’s largest 3D printing and additive manufacturing show, Sintratec introduced the S1, a user-friendly, low-cost, desktop 3D laser sintering printer. At less than 9000 euros, this machine relaunches the race for inexpensive professional 3D printers. Christian von Burg...

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