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2D/3D laser profile scanner for automation

Micro-Epsilon has developed a compact, lightweight laser profile scanner. The scanCONTROL 2600/2900 optoelectronic sensor with integrated controller is enclosed in a 380g aluminium housing

When the Internet of Things meets Big Data

The ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Big Data’ hold the promise of one big interconnected world that will allow people to harmonise with machines and gadgets. Boris Sedacca investigates whether it is all vapourware or whether there are real life examples in practice

3D model allows customer to visualise solution

SpaceClaim 3D Direct Modeling allows users to edit geometry, including large assemblies, fast without being a CAD expert

The Cloud helps to dispel the mist about simulation

Cloud-based simulation is a game-changer as it can significantly lower the costs, so making it available to smaller businesses unable to invest in local high performance IT infrastructure. Erwin Burth reports.

The magic of printing in three dimensions

3D printing promises to make short-run parts that are not economic using traditional methods, but potential users must watch out for hype. Lou Reade reports

Nanoscale manipulator can act as a movement sensor

Researchers at Purdue University have created a monolithic comb drive that is said to offer advantages over conventional nanoscale positioners and sensors

Micro-PLCs benefit from upgraded motion control

Mitsubishi is launching an improved motion module for use with its FX3U PLC, offering enhanced positioning and monitoring functions

New standard for software manuals

ISO and IEC have jointly published a new standard, ISO/IEC 26514, for the development of user documentation for software

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Plastic parts made by rapid injection moulding help accelerate time-to-market of drill-less dental treatment

Innovate or die! The revolution for product data management

There is huge pressure on companies to be more competitive. Leon Lauritsen outlines the benefits of new product lifecycle management software

Could Ancient Egyptians hold the key to 3D printed ceramics?

Self-glazing 3D printed ceramic inspired by Ancient Egyptian Faience ceramic techniques

Automation networking demands resilience

Engineering professionals in disparate industries all need to integrate increasingly complex systems while at the same time ensuring reliability. Boris Sedacca asks engineers how to achieve this

3D printer prints sharp, accurate parts

Prints durable, high-definition plastic parts that stand up to challenging exposure environments

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrated with creation of world’s smallest diamond coin

The coin measures just 750 nanometres across and features an image of the Queen’s profile just 580 nanometres high

Enhancements for design software

Sculptorplus is a new version of Optimal Solutions Software's CAE real-time design deformation software package

Platform has benefits over conventional Jpeg

4DSP is launching a JPEG2000 hardware compression platform that delivers superior image file compression for imaging applications

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