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By: Rob Matheson

The grand prize winner at this year’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition was an MIT spinout that’s developing a system that captures and recycles vaporized water from thermoelectric power plants. The recycled water can be constantly reused in the plant’s cooling system, saving millions of gallons and dollars annually, or be shipped as potable water to water-scarce areas.

“Four thousand children die every day because they don’t have access to clean water, and the water crisis is only getting worse,” Maher Damak, Ph.D., a mechanical engineering graduate and co-founder of Infinite Cooling,  said in the startup’s winning pitch. “... Our mission is to help solve the water crisis and save power plants $10 billion a year.” The technology was based, in part, on Damak’s graduate thesis.

Two other winners took home cash prizes. The $10,000 Audience Choice award winner was Zilper Trenchless, a team consisting of MIT Sloan School of Management student Daniel Zillante and his brother, Roberto, who are redesigning trenchless pipe installations to cut back on time, costs, and environmental impact.

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By: Olympus

(Olympus: Waltham, MA) -- Olympus announces its LEXT OLS5000 3D laser confocal scanning microscope was recognized by the judges of the annual Laser Focus World Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of senior industry experts who honored the microscope with a Silver award.

The LEXT OLS5000 precisely measures shape and surface roughness at the submicron level. It’s ideal for research and development, as well as quality control inspection in industries including automotive manufacturing, metal processing, additive manufacturing, and electric component and semiconductor manufacturing.

New features:
• 4K scanning technology and optics enable the detection of near-perpendicular features and small steps at close to nano-scale.
• Acquires data 4X faster and has intuitive software designed to automate many common settings.
• An expansion frame and a dedicated, long-working distance lens perform precise measurements on samples up to 210 mm in height and concavities up to 25 mm deep—even those with uneven surface cracks.

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By: MIT News

(MIT News: Cambridge, MA) -- Using a machine-learning system known as a deep neural network, MIT researchers have created the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre.

This model, which consists of many layers of information-processing units that can be trained on huge volumes of data to perform specific tasks, was used by the researchers to shed light on how the human brain may be performing the same tasks.

“What these models give us, for the first time, is machine systems that can perform sensory tasks that matter to humans and that do so at human levels,” says Josh McDermott, the Frederick A. and Carole J. Middleton Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and the senior author of the study. “Historically, this type of sensory processing has been difficult to understand, in part because we haven’t really had a very clear theoretical foundation and a good way to develop models of what might be going on.”

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By: American National Standards Institute ANSI

(ANSI: New York, NY) -- The International Organization for Standardization/
International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1—“Information technology,” Subcommittee (SC) 31—“Automatic identification and data capture techniques” recently announced the formation of new Working Group (WG 8)—“Application of automatic identification and data capture standards.” As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages relevant stakeholders to get involved.

Automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies are used to identify, record, and store information on billions of items on a global scale—for example, consumer products are tagged using bar coding and radio frequency identification (RFID). Automatic identification and data capture is used to support various industries, including retail, electronics, aerospace, transportation, and across the supply chain used for replenishment, storage, and quality control.

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By: Capture 3D

(Capture 3D: Corneilius, NC) -- Capture 3D, the exclusive North American partner of GOM GmbH industrial 3D metrology systems, announces the expansion of its North Carolina office to a new larger facility. The new address is 11034 Bailey Road, Cornelius, NC 28031. The move will allow the business to grow in response to the high demand for advanced 3D measurement solutions, particularly for the automotive and aerospace industries in the area. The 10,000-sq-ft facility will include a technology showroom for live demonstrations and an area dedicated to training courses. It’s the third training location across the country for the company.

“The Southeast is a particularly strong market for Capture 3D, and it’s growing fast with a lot of manufacturing moving to the region,” says Rick White, director of business development at Capture 3D. “We outgrew our old facility a few years ago, and we took our time to find a new space that would allow us to increase our support infrastructure, showcase our metrology solutions, and provide a third training center in North America.”

Capture 3D has five offices across the country that service the United States and Canada, and is headquartered in Santa Ana, CA.

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By: Automated Precision Inc.

(API: Rockville, MD) -- Automated Precision Inc. (API) announced that it has opened a new services facility in Plano, Texas, to accommodate growing demand for contract services in the area’s manufacturing industries. The new location will allow API to strengthen its ability to provide affordable and highly accurate precision measurement, 3D scanning, and CNC calibration services to the South-Central Region.

The efforts for this new location will be headed up by Danny Southerly, the regional manager for the Texas office. Southerly has more than 10 years of experience in calibration, contract service work, and customer training. “We are looking forward to growing our facility in the North Dallas area,” says Ron Hicks, vice president of the API Services division team. “Danny will continue to strengthen the team to ensure we provide unrivaled support to engineers and businesses in the area.” The new office is located in Suite 600 of 5851 Legacy Circle, Plano, Texas, and could support up to seven additional staff positions.

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By: Creaform Inc.

(Creaform: Lévis, PQ) -- Creaform, a worldwide leader in accurate portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has launched the CUBE-R, a new generation of complete turnkey automated dimensional inspection solution. The new optical 3D measuring machine capitalizes on the MetraSCAN 3D-R metrology scanner and combines efficiency and reliability of robotization in an automated industrial measuring cell.

The CUBE-R extends the 3D digitizing and inspection capabilities of the MetraSCAN 3D for the dimensional measurement of parts ranging from 1 m to 3 m, with metrology-grade volumetric accuracy in real-life shop-floor conditions. Unlike conventional systems, the CUBE-R delivers both speed and volumetric accuracy. In addition, it ensures a significant increase in productivity. The CUBE-R offers a realistic and comprehensive alternative to coordinate measuring machines (CMM) and other robot-mounted, structured-light 3D scanners.

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By: InnovMetric Software

(Innovmetric: Quebec, QC) -- InnovMetric Software Inc., the leading provider of universal 3D metrology software solutions, today launched the 2018 release of PolyWorks at the annual PolyWorks Conference USA event. This latest major release of the company’s universal 3D metrology software platform delivers universal inspection projects playable on any 3D measurement device, an enhanced alignment toolbox, smart collision avoidance for CNC CMMs, even more robust measurement sequences for CNC CMMs, and enhanced usability and performance that promote valuable gains in user productivity.

“In recent years, we’ve worked hard to boost teamwork efficiency and reduce our customers’ measurement cost by delivering a universal 3D metrology software platform that interfaces with all 3D measurement devices, offers a universal workflow for performing all inspection tasks, and deploys universal inspection projects playable on any 3D measurement device. PolyWorks 2018 ties in perfectly with this strategy as it keeps improving the universality, flexibility, and usability of the PolyWorks tools,” says Marc Soucy, president of InnovMetric.

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(FARO Industries: Lake Mary, FL) -- FARO, the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, product design, and 3D machine vision applications, announces the release of the FARO CAM2 2018 software platform, specifically designed to enable users to realize the highest value and level of performance with all FARO metrology products across the automotive, aerospace, machine tools, and metal-fabrication industries.

CAM2 2018 elevates the end user experience through a seamless integration with FARO portable coordinate measuring machine products, an advanced user interface that streamlines and simplifies most inspection activities, and new reporting dashboards that facilitate short cycle, actionable intelligence.

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By: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

(Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: North Kingstown, RI) -- Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence recently announced the release of BLAZE 600A, a fully automated 3D optical measurement system designed for use with robotic installations on the shop floor.

Based on Hexagon’s proven white-light scanner technology, BLAZE 600A combines high-resolution digital imaging technology with blue-light LED illumination to rapidly deliver high-accuracy freeform surface and feature data. Its large measurement field efficiently captures high-density point cloud data, while enhanced projection technology enables virtually any material or surface type, including shiny, painted, and reflective surfaces; black parts; and composite materials, to be scanned without the need for surface preparation.

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