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By: Zach Winn

Objects made with 3D printing can be lighter, stronger, and more complex than those produced through traditional manufacturing methods. But several technical challenges must be overcome before 3D printing transforms the production of most devices.

Commercially available printers generally offer only high-speed, high-precision, or high-quality materials. Rarely do they offer all three, limiting their usefulness as a manufacturing tool. Today, 3D printing is used mainly for prototyping and low-volume production of specialized parts.

Now Inkbit, a startup out of MIT, is working to bring all of the benefits of 3D printing to a slew of products that have never been printed before—and it’s aiming to do so at volumes that would radically disrupt production processes in a variety of industries.

The company is accomplishing this by pairing its multimaterial inkjet 3D printer with machine-vision and machine-learning systems. The vision system comprehensively scans each layer of the object as it’s being printed to correct errors in real-time, while the machine-learning system uses that information to predict the warping behavior of materials and make more accurate final products.

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By: Vision Engineering Ltd.

(Vision Engineering: Woking, UK) -- May 14, 2019, saw the launch of the LVC400, the first fully automated 3-axis video measurement system from Vision Engineering.

Ideal for measuring large components or multiple small components, quickly, easily, and accurately, LVC400 offers faster measurement, high accuracy levels, and benefits from Vision Engineering’s consistent focus on ease of use for all its products.

Offering a larger (400 × 300mm) stage than comparably priced products, LVC400 offers large measuring capacity and fully automated movement in all 3 axes, making component measurement faster. Nonstop measurement routines are possible through programs which can have magnification changes built in.

Additionally, multiple components can be loaded onto the stage and measured easily and automatically in a single program. The system is preprogramable or can be driven using the supplied joystick for rapid, one off measurements.

Highly accurate

LVC400 features a high-resolution 5MP USB3 camera with granite base for extra stability and a precision X-Y stage, making it the most accurate large-format measuring system from Vision Engineering to date. LVC400 also supports the use of a touch probe in all three axes for measuring complex features and other 3D forms.

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By: Zontec

(Zontec: Cincinnati)-- Zontec Inc., a worldwide leader in statistical process control (SPC) software that improves manufacturing quality, has announced the availability of Synergy 1000 and Synergy 1000+ v. 10.0.

The Synergy 1000 and Synergy 1000+ products are part of an entire suite of Zontec SPC software solutions that give visibility to real-time quality data to improve manufacturing process efficiency, quality, and profits. Instantly see quality data in straightforward color-coded charts full of actionable metrics. Quickly recognize sources of process variation allowing users to decide if an undesirable shift in the numbers needs attention to avoid producing defective parts that result in scrap and rework. Shop-floor operators, supervisors, quality engineers, and management can focus their attention on monitoring and analyzing production parts for improved quality using the SynergySPC suite of real-time software products.

“Zontec has provided the most powerful and easy-to-use SPC software solutions to manufacturers for over 35 years,” says Zontec president Warren Ha. “We take time to understand the demands placed on manufacturing quality teams. We focus our efforts on developing features that help our customers improve manufacturing quality, cut costs and save time.” 

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By: Marposs

(Marposs: Auburn Hills, MI) -- Marposs, a world leader in measurement and process monitoring technologies, has announced the availability of its HeTech helium technology nondestructive leak testing machines for battery systems used in electric vehicles. These machines help identify the presence of leaks in cooling tubes, hoses, and plates; prismatic battery cells and modules, as well as battery pack assemblies. These systems enable parts to be checked for defects without being transferred to a measurement lab, eliminating the need to reload and reposition the part for any necessary reworking, improving the process and optimizing cycle time.

Using helium-charged vacuum technology the part is placed into a chamber where a vacuum is created. The part is then pressurized with helium and any leakage is measured through a mass spectrometer. These helium-charged systems feature two vacuum chambers with manual opening and closing. The chambers alternate so that while one chamber is closed and running the test cycle, the other chamber is open for loading/unloading.

The machine is designed to inspect complete cells prior to electrolyte filling and sealing. The detectable leak range goes from 5.0 × 10–3 mbar*L/s to 5.0 × 10–8 mbar*L/s.

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By: Exact Metrology

(Exact Metrology: Cincinnati) -- On March 28, 2019, Exact Metrology was among several companies who came to Latonia Elementary Career Day. This event was meant to introduce students to a variety of careers in health, law, manufacturing, engineering, technology, and other fields.

Fifth-grade students spent three weeks researching different careers that interested them. They learned information concerning future salary, education, and job skills. Then, students had the opportunity to speak with professionals in their chosen fields and ask questions.

Chris Lafferty, a specialist in Artec 3D's, professional-grade handheld 3D scanners and software, attended on behalf of Exact Metrology. Together with Jason Kleinhenz, marketing manager at Exact Metrology, they met with students to teach them about metrology using the Artec Leo and Geomagic Design X.

Artec Leo is the first 3D scanner to offer onboard automatic processing with an integrated touch panel viewer. This frees users from being tied to a computer for data capture. Users can scan the object and see the 3D replica being built in real time on the screen. The 3D model can be rotated to check that all areas have been captured. The final 3D model can be directly exported to Geomagic Design X.

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By: Vision Engineering Ltd.

(Vision Engineering: Woking, UK) -- Vision Engineering will today unveil a revolutionary, globally patented, digital 3D stereoscopic display technology at the Control trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany.

Vision Engineering’s Deep Reality Viewer (DRV) creates stereo, high-definition 3D images without using a monitor, or requiring operators to wear headsets or specialist glasses. Instead, images “float” in front of a mirror.

DRV offers users the well-known Vision Engineering advantages of ergonomics and optimized user interfaces, while ensuring full interaction with other local or remote users and other tools, PCs, and complementary analytical equipment.

Vision Engineering anticipates that this unique, first-to-market device will be particularly valuable to organizations that model and test components in 3D, as well as facilitating improvements in manufacturing processes such as PCB inspection and reworking. DRV has the particular advantage for multisite companies of offering real-time, full HD 3D stereo images to multiple users in different locations at the same time (commonly known as “daisy chaining”).

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By: TPAC

(TPAC: West Chester, OH) -- The Phased Array Company (TPAC), experts in the field of ultrasonic nondestructive testing solutions, introduces the Pioneer, its new, powerful, and compact acquisition unit providing innovative phased array and advanced FMC/TFM technologies.

In order to respond to the growing need for faster and more accurate detection of material defects, TPAC has focused its strengths and high-level experience to exploit the best features of the latest ultrasonic technologies. In particular, total focusing methods (TFM) easily exceed conventional imaging by optimally focusing at each point of the reconstruction zone and therefore providing far superior image quality.

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By: GageList

(GageList: Houston, TX) -- GageList, the world’s fastest-growing calibration management software, announces the release of GageList Mobile for iOS and Android. The app went live in the App Store and Google Play on March 8, 2019, and was introduced to the quality management industry at the 27th Annual ISO 9000 World Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 11, 2019.

There are hundreds of industries and millions of organizations across the globe where calibration data is critical to quality management. The calibration management system space is dominated by complex desktop platforms that charge expensive seat licenses and require extensive training to operate. GageList identified an opportunity to bring calibration management into the 21st century by offering a simple cloud-based SaaS platform with a user-friendly cost structure. GageList Mobile extends the GageList service model and allows easy, real-time gauge management with or without internet access.

While other platforms charge on a per-user basis, creating workflow bottlenecks, reinforcing silos, and forcing users to adapt their calibration programs to fit their systems, GageList allows unlimited users and customizable permissions on all accounts, so multiple users—including auditors—can collaborate on a single gauge list in real time.

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By: Nikon Metrology NV

(Nikon Metrology, Leuven, Belgium) -- Nikon Metrology has announced that Canadian-based 7D Kinematic Metrology Inc, has acquired Nikon Metrology’s iGPS dynamic tracking business.

iGPS is a modular large scale, high-accuracy dynamic tracking solution that transforms large facilities into an accurate tracking-enabled workspace. Within the facility, the movement of an unlimited number of devices like large assembly parts, tools, and automated guided vehicles equipped with iGPS sensors, can be tracked concurrently. As such iGPS technology enables advanced manufacturing and assembly of large-scale products such as aircraft or aerospace components. The iGPS technology is also used during the development process of automotive active safety and autonomous driving systems.

7D Kinematic Metrology is part of Amrikart Ultraprecision group. Specializing in real-time assisted assembly solutions, 7D Kinematic Metrology is today a world leader in the implementation of the revolutionary iGPS system. 7D Kinematic Metrology has extensive expertise in dimensional measurement, the company is a strategic partner for any manufacturer of large-scale products requiring high-precision measurements.

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By: Visual Workplace Inc.

(Visual Workplace: Byron Center, MI) -- Visual Workplace Inc. has introduced color-coded cleaning tools to help create order and discipline in facilities. Color coding work spaces is a simple way to eliminate searching by making it faster and easier to find and return cleaning tools to their proper places, which also reduces the need to replace missing tools.

Color-coded cleaning tools help to reduce cross-contamination between work spaces and establish standard work. All of these benefits support companies as they try to achieve 5S/lean objectives.

Just-in-time expert Hiroyuki Hirano introduced the 5S System: sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain, in his book, 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace (Productivity Press, 1995). Today the word “straighten” is often used for “set in order,” and the word “sweep” is used for “shine,” making 5S: sort, straighten, sweep, standardize and sustain.

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