3D printing composites will be a $2bn industry
3D printing of fibre-reinforced polymers is rapidly approaching a commercial tipping point. This is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and impactful areas of 3D printing; over the next decade the market will grow to $2bn, the installed base and applications will expand, and technology will continue to mature. This growth will not be without challenges; there are barriers to adoption to be overcome in multiple sectors, supply chains & d...
3D printed pistol grip at the Tokyo Olympics
Celine Goberville, a multiple world champion and Olympic silver medalist in 10m air pistol shooting, will compete at the Tokyo Olympics with a custom, 3D printed pistol grip. Zortrax Apoller, a smart vapor-smoothing device, has been successfully used to achieve ultra-smooth surface of the grip that met Celine’s requirements.
Avoiding fatal contact failures in electronic components
During the recent ICEC conference, Panasonic Industry’s component researchers addressed solutions to overcome contact resistances caused by phosphorous outgassing. The company has published a whitepaper on the subject and can be download for free.
Test solution heads off component obsolescence problems
ECO on the Fly is a new concept from Digitaltest on how to continue testing boards during times of supply chain interruptions and necessary board design changes caused by component obsolescence.
Aegis Software, Europlacer extend reseller agreement
Aegis Software has extended its 20-plus year reseller agreement covering its FactoryLogix platform with Europlacer to China.
The potential of polymer 3D printing
3D printing technologies have evolved significantly, with much of the research centred around the materials science field. This includes high-performance polymers with mechanical characteristics - so what does this mean for bearing design? Here Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, explores the plastic bearing additive manufacturing (AM) landscape.
Graphene creates textiles of the future
Grafren AB, a Swedish chemical manufacturer and Associated Member of the Graphene Flagship, has been granted its first patent for a new method of separating graphene flakes. Here, Erik Khranovskyy, CEO of Grafren, explains how this pioneering technology could be used to turn simple textiles into smart, electronic products and interfaces.
Test pilot bridges semiconductor design and production
Advantest is pilot testing a next-generation solution for performing both high-speed scan testing and software-driven functional device testing on its V93000 platform by leveraging the existing high-speed serial I/O interfaces on advanced integrated circuits (ICs).
XJTAG adds Arm SWD support and user-defined libraries
Serial Wire Debug (SWD) support, user-defined libraries, a new clock generator, and other benefits enhance XJTAG’s latest software release, XJTAG 3.11.
Innovative smart packaging solutions launched
Sandvik Coromant has launched an optimised smart packaging solution to level up its operational sustainability. Developed by R&D engineer and system developer Maria Rajabzadeh Namaghi as part of Sandvik Coromant’s Automation Platform team. The solution uses artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the smallest possible packaging required to contain a product, reducing costs and CO2 emissions in the process.