NEW product development, RAPID prototyping, CONCURRENT engineering, PIPE, LIGHT emitting diodes, and PRINTING machinery & supplies
The article presents information on some smart tools and technical tools for engineers. A new line of quad-level light pipes incorporates the use of surface-mount LEDs on both sides of PC boards. The design specifically addresses use in Advanced TCA and CompactPCI mezzanine cards, breaking previously experienced size and height barriers. The new Advanced TCA light pipe allows designers to take advantage of both sidas of the PC board when used in conjunction with two right-angle SMR Series surface-mount LEDs. The Spectrum Z510 3D printing system is a high-definition color 3D printer that includes HD3DP (high-definition 3D printing) for rapid prototyping of products such as the sprinkler shown on the right. In addition to providing high-fidelity, 24-bit color, the system supports 600 x 540 dpi printhead resolution while maintaining a high print speed.
PROTOTYPES, BUSINESS planning, THREE-dimensional printing, 3-D printers, SMALL scale system, and PRINTING machinery & supplies
The article discusses the significance of three-dimensional (3D) printing as the golden nugget for prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. It highlights the Brooklyn, New York-based MakerBot Industries LLC as the premier in designing and manufacturing 3D printing equipments. It notes that the company has started designing open-source 3D printer and adjusted its business plans as 3D printing increases its popularity in the market, according to its chief executive officer (CEO) Bre Pettis.