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3D printing has been a huge step forward for many industries, sometimes completely changing the game for some of them, but there are some companies that are looking to take 3D printing even farther. These startups are experimenting with adding different material enhancement and tech to offer a better product using better 3D printing materials while still saving money and time.

Carbon, a six year old startup based in California is one of those companies hoping to propel 3D printing beyond just prototyping and manufacturing. They are hoping to achieve this through continuous liquid interface production or CLIP technology. The company described the technology as “a photochemical process that eliminates the shortcomings of conventional 3D printing by harnessing light and oxygen to rapidly produce objects from a pool of resin.”

In collaboration with Specialized, a bicycle maker and in partnership with Riddel and Adidas, Carbon has now developed a new bicycle seat that will use the same lattice structured Elastomeric Polyurethane seen in Adidas’ Future Craft sneaker and Riddell’s SpeedFlex helmet.

By using this new 3D printing material, the seat is able to act as suspension for the rider, rebounding quickly underneath the rider. This feeling of suspension and the ability to disperse pressure could contribute to a more comfortable ride and result in fewer injuries for riders.

According to 3DPrintingIndustry.com, the saddle is more eco-friendly than other 3D printed products due to its solvent-free post processing technique. They also stated that because the saddle uses “Mirror Technology”, the seat is able to adjust to the riders anatomy, increasing the comfort of the saddle even more.

Wanna learn more about the latest innovations in 3D printing? Find out what researchers at Iowa State University are experimenting with.

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The LMADIS, or the Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System, is the Marine Corps newest successful reaction to enemy drones. With the ability to attach itself to the Marines’ MRZR all-terrain vehicles, it looks more like a mad max vehicle than an anti-drone system used by the United States Marine Corps. Once attached the LMADIS’ objective is simply, target and take down drones.

These vehicle are designed to operate in pairs, with one supplying command and control, and the other deploying the actual system. Not long ago, the take down of an Iranian drone was attributed to the LMADIS. The drone was flying above the extremely confrontational Strait of Hormuz, when it was shot down within a thousand yards of a Navy warship.

Using a radar in conjunction with a system of cameras, the LMADIS can scan the air and distinguish between US or enemy aircrafts simultaneously. Being able to  differentiate between friend and foe is a very important quality, as the US Army utilizes lots of drones for surveillance. One of their newest technologies is the Black Hornet pocket drone, which can fit in the palm of your hand.  Once the unmanned aircraft is verified as a threat by the LMADIS, it sends out a series of radio frequencies that can concurrently jam its communication capabilities and cripple its electrical equipment, causing the aircraft to crash.

While both the 22nd and 13th Marine Expeditionary Units have trained on the LMADIS, the system is only in use by the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. They are currently using this system with their ground-based assault vehicles, but there are plans to begin using it within the Navy and testing has begun on multiple different ships.

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When asked to think about the moon landing, the first thing that comes to many people’s minds is the image of an astronaut bouncing up and down in the low gravity of the moon. Basing their latest robot design off of this image, the European Space Agency have created a robot called SpaceBok to traverse low-gravity environments and help us explore the final frontier of space.


They were able achieve this by borrowing the dynamic walking style from the springbok, a smaller antelope. By using this walking style, the SpaceBok is able to take strides where all its legs are in the air, rather than one leg keeping in contact with the surface.

By Utilizing the organic movements of the springbok, the SpaceBok is able to more efficiently traverse the moon, mars or even asteroids through a series of algorithms and computational power. Although the SpaceBok does have to land at a certain point, through this design it’s able to easily and effortlessly leap through low gravity environments, providing a quicker option for exploring the surface of these environments. 

Using springs located on the end of its legs, the robot is able to store energy from landing and immediately launch up to six feet in the air. Borrowing the technology used to stabilize satellites, European Space Agency Engineers created a stability system for SpaceBok. The system, called a reaction wheel, allows the SpaceBok to accelerate or decelerate in different directions to keep the robot oriented. The SpaceBok is being tested in the lab right now, but there are plans to begin testing on hilly terrain soon.

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The Apollo program and the moon landing is one of man’s greatest feats in history. It took a lot man power and innovation to reach it, but what people often forget is just how our expedition to the stars impacted us on the surface. Many consumer or medical products got their start from scientist or engineers in the Apollo Program. Here is a list of some of the products we owe to the Apollo Program


Athletic Shoes

Most running shoes today feature some sort of air compression system to enhance comfort and efficiency. This air compression technology first appeared on the market in the 1980s when a shoe company called Avia partnered with Al Gross, an aerospace engineer that work on the design of the spacesuits for the Apollo Program. Due to bellows in the joints, the spacesuits were able expand and compress when the wearer moves, allowing the designer to manipulate the amount of flexibility in the suit. Gross helped modify this idea for Avia’s shoes. They added a pressurized shell to the sole of the shoe which they called a “compression chamber”.  Borrowing the bellows from the spacesuits, the shoe’s compression chamber has rows of horizontal bellows to supply cushioning and columns of vertical bellows to provide stability. Similar cushioning technology is found in most shoe brands today.

Cordless Power Tools

The first cordless power tool was revealed in 1961 by Black & Decker, however it wasn’t until the Apollo program where cordless power tools really started to the shape. NASA had begun to work with Black & Decker to design and develop lightweight, cordless power tools for use in space. Some of the innovations that emerged from this partnership included a rotary hammer drill, a zero impact wrench, most of today’s electric drills and screwdrivers, battery powered precision medical instruments and a handheld vacuum cleaner called the Dustbuster

Dialysis

One particular Apollo project would eventually lead to a huge innovation in dialysis treatment. That project was to find a way to purify water for space missions. A chemical process was soon discovered by Marquardt Corporation to solve this problem, and they quickly realized it could be appealed to dialysis fluid to increase efficiency. The company went on to create a dialysis machine that uses sorbent dialysis. In sorbent dialysis, instead of disposing of the dialysis solutions after removing urea from human blood, the solution is purified and put back into the machine. Sorbent Dialysis helps limit waste, improve energy efficiency and provide more freedom of movement to dialysis patients.

Digital Image Processing

Before the Apollo Program began, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was working on digital image processing to enlarge and enhance photos of the moons. Since then digital image processing has been incorporated into many different space programs and other industries. NASA’s work in this field lead to many advancement in medical imagery like MRIs and CAT scans.

Fire-Resistant Clothing

In 1967, three people died due to a fire on the lunched of Apollo 1. After that NASA set out to create fire-resistant materials for their spacesuits and vehicles. The Monsanto Company delivered a suit that was coated with Durette, a chemically treated fabric. These fire resistant materials and the breathing apparatus designed for the spacesuits were the basis for the safety material used by soldiers and firefighters 

Insulation

One problem the Apollo program had, was trying to find a lightweight material for the landing modules that could also shelter astronauts and equipment from heat and infrared radiation. They eventually settled on a plastic, vacuum-metalized foil laid over a core of propylene or mylar. This insulating material was not only perfect for use in space but also had a variety of different applications back on earth like food packaging, safety blankets, photographic reflectors and insulation for modern homes.

Memory Foam

In 1966, NASA contracted Charles A. Yost, an aeronautical engineer at Systems Dynamics Group to come up with a method to increase the likelihood of pilots and passengers surviving crashes. He ended up creating a polymeric foam material to line the seating of the spacecraft. This open-celled material was capable of absorbing high energy shocks and vibrations while not sacrificing malleability and softness. Many people know this foam as memory foam and is available commercially in many high end pillows.

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In Quarter 1 of 2019 FLIR systems received a 39.6 million dollar contract for their Black Hornet PRS(Personal Reconnaissance System) drones by the United States Army. These tiny drone systems are no bigger than a human fist being only 4 inches long and weighing 1.16 ounces. They are designed to be deployed and operated  by a single soldier.Their small size makes them easier for soldiers to transport, but their biggest edge against the competition is their unmatched line of sight distance that reaches up to 1 mile and their top speed of 20 feet per second even in winds gust reaching up to 20 knots.

In 2013, the British army had over 300 hornet nanos in its service. After hearing about this the United States Army quickly wanted to get into the game of small scale UAV’s so the Natick Soldier and Research, Development and Engineering Center looked into the PD-100 Black Hornet for their Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Program. They were impressed with the initial features but felt it still need some refinements like night vision and improved data-link and navigational capabilities. FLIR systems quickly delivered an upgraded version of the PD-100 and testing with U.S. troops begin in March of 2015.

 Towards the end of the year, the Black Hornet will make their premiere with the 82nd Airbone’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team as part of the US Army’s new Soldier Borne Sensor Program. One of the main benefits of the drone is its high-definition video and photography abilities which allow it to provide continuous data on the surrounding area of a soldier. These drones can scout surrounding areas and obtain data for 30 minutes with the reduced exposure to danger. In fact, the Army has stated that the Black Hornet reduces casualties by reducing soldier personnel usage in the battlefield. Usage testing shows that there is a fast learning curve for soldiers to master the controls, even if they had never flown a drone before. Because of this, the Army aims to introduce a Black Hornet Drone to every infantry squad.

 



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Enser Corporation analyzes, designs and builds quality below the hook material handling equipment to test, grip, lift, and transport your valued products.  Our below the hook custom equipment is designed to your specific needs in mind incorporating ASME B30.20 and ASME BTH-1  (that governs manufacturing, inspection, marking, testing, maintenance and operation of the below the hook lifting devices) sets us apart from our competition). A below the hook lifter is a device such as spreader beam, c-hook, pallet lifter, and plate clamps that offer a way to attach load to hoist as well as hold, protect, control and orient the load. Selecting the proper below the hook lifting device for the job and knowing its limitations is critical. A well designed device will make your work easier but, it is critical that they are properly used. Enser utilizes the latest version of ASME B30.20, the safety standard for below the hook lifting devices. It covers markings, construction, installation, inspection, testing, maintenance and operation of below the hook lifting devices. Below is a Mathcad Simulation Demonstration that explains the process.

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Industry, Innovation
Tesla Power Wall:Renewable Energy’s Secret Weapon Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test Indeed, the breadth of potential solutions is emerging, not only in the form of varying chemistry, but also in the format of the storage source. In May, Tesla Motors made its play for the storage market by rolling out a product that can be mounted on a garage wall near a home’s electrical panel. The company said that the unit, known as the Powerwall, is part of Tesla’s effort to wean the world off fossil fuels. “This is within the power of humanity to do,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “We have done things like this before. It’s not impossible.” Tesla power wall, which employs lithium-ion battery technology, measures 34 x 51 x 7 inches and costs $3,500 for a 10-kWh of storage. Tesla said it also plans to sell bigger battery blocks for use in commercial and utility applications. Blocks containing 100-kWh of storage could be grouped to create larger systems offering as much as 10 MWh, Musk said. Experts say that either format — home storage or utility-sized systems — can serve as viable grid solutions. “You can think of solar on an individual’s roof as a distributed power plant on the grid,” said Chamberlain of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. “That’s where we are headed in the future.” Pronouncements such as those have created a sense of optimism in the storage community, which is why the Energy Storage Association now counts such names as GE Energy Storage, LG Chem, Parker Hannifin, Johnson Controls, Hitachi Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, Mitsubishi Electric Power, Samsung, Sharp, and many others among its members. That’s not to say all is rosy for battery makers. Grid storage is still a nascent market, still struggling to find its way. In 2014, A123 Systems divested itself of its grid storage division. And in 2015, Ambri announced that it had cut a quarter of its staff and had backed off its plans to ship its first commercial grid storage products in 2016. News reports indicated that the company’s engineers were experiencing problems with the battery’s high-temperature seals. Ambri isn’t saying when its first products will finally reach the market. Still, experts are steadfast in their belief that battery storage will eventually be needed for the electrical grid. “When there’s high demand, there can be a mismatch between the production of electricity and the use of electricity,” Chamberlain said. “During those milliseconds, batteries can act as a buffer.” Grid storage proponents see it more optimistically. The batteries are more than a buffer, they say. They’re a key to a new way of life. “Once we’re able to rely on renewable energy sources for our power consumption, the top 50% of the dirtiest power generation resources could retire early,” Tesla Motors said in a prepared statement. “We could have a cleaner, smaller, and more resilient energy grid.”
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Solido_press3D Printer Company Solido Signs Business Partnership Agreement With ENSER Corporation of the US

ENSER, a 62 year old engineering services company and PTC Reseller, will incorporate Solido breakthrough desktop 3D printers into its strategic portfolio

Israel, July 22st, 2009 ‐ Solido, on the verge of introducing the SD300 Pro, the world’s most cost efficient and flexible 3D printer, has signed a significant business partnership agreement with ENSER Corporation of the US.

This agreement is the spearhead of Solido’s strategy to expand its worldwide presence and transform the way product designers and engineers work.

A Strategic Approach Keys Business Growth

ENSER is indeed a perfect business partner for Solido. With offices located along the eastern seaboard of the US, more than 80 employees and over 2,000 loyal customers, ENSER has extensive scope and presence. Most importantly, ENSER has built its business and impeccable reputation on the ability to provide the engineering community with unparalleled service and support. To this end, ENSER offers a full spectrum of services – from engineering, manufacturing and staffing to the complete suite of PTC Products. ENSER continues to be at the cutting edge of engineering technology and a leader in the community.

According to Marco Arnone, EVP of ENSER, “…this business partnership is a natural step for ENSER. Solido’s products will play an important role in our strategic approach for making product development more time and cost efficient. Our customers have been inquiring about an economical solution for product development and ENSER has been searching for that solution. With our 62 year old reputation on the line, we did not feel any of the other products in the marketplace were a good fit. Until now! Integrating the SD300 Pro into the critical stage of prototyping, with its performance and remarkably affordable price, is the perfect solution. This partnership will be a win‐win for both companies and the SD300 Pro will revolutionize the industry.”

Itzik Marchand, CEO of Solido, is equally enthusiastic. “We believe the current economic climate will highlight the SD300 Pro’s marketplace advantage. Businesses, more than ever before, have to be conscious of capital investments and product development costs. ENSER has the knowledge and experience to position our products’ benefits as part of a total tailored solution. As we announced previously, we are currently expanding our global networks. The partnership with ENSER is definitely a prime achievement for us, and we look forward to promoting our mutual interests with vigor and harmony.”

About ENSER Corporation

Since 1947, ENSER has offered our clients unparalleled expertise, service, and commitment in engineering services. Through the years, ENSER has evolved into a first class engineering services company and PTC Platinum Authorized Reseller, providing the complete engineering solution; the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM software and support, the staffing of engineers, and the engineering, product design, manufacturing and tooling: a complete turnkey solution. With our resources and experience, ENSER can provide the support you need throughout the engineering, design, and documentation cycle.”

Further information on ENSER is available at www.enser.com.

About Solido

Solido is an industry leader in the development of 3D desktop model building technologies that utilize rigid plastic materials without requiring post‐build curing. By combining patented technology with fresh, innovative thinking, Solido has developed the first 3D desktop printer that is cost‐effective for all CAD/CAM professionals. Solido’s SD300 is already installed in hundreds of sites.

Backed by serious investors, Solido has the vision and financial resources to realize its long‐term commitments. It complements technological leadership with quality and service that make every Solido solution and product an investment in the future.

Solido is now vigorously expanding its international marketing, building on a strong foundation of global installations at satisfied clients. Solido invites distributors to join the company new partner’s program and to benefit from this profitable prestigious opportunity.

For further information please visit our website at www.solido3d.com

 

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