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Now oN .com Automation & Control Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again While many military robots are the increasingly familiar small and tank-like unmanned ground vehicles moving on treads or wheels, other more specialized types are appearing. Some have wings and can be hand-launched from a backpack, or remotely from an otherwise inaccessible location. A parade of electrified vehicles, including the Chevy Volt, dominated a new Consumer Reports survey asking car owners if they Daimler AG has funded the development of a large build volume additive manufacturing (AM) system for use in automotive production. The research, which resulted from a partnership between Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology and German company Concept Laser, has resulted in the X line 1000R system. WHITE PAPEr A New Mindset in Product Design: 3D Printing Can Help Bring Products to Market Faster The terms 3D printing and additive manufacturing refer to processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.The technology is already well-used in many sectors including transportation, health care, military, and education. WEBCAST would buy their cars again. The Volt finished first in the category of small cars, followed by the Toyota Prius C and Nissan Leaf. Plastic Makes a Better Light Bulb Wake Forest University scientists have devised a shatterproof, white light, flicker-free lighting device based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology. Design Hardware & Software Freescale's newest work improves upon their Xtrinsic touch-sensing software, allowing touchscreens to be able to work through drops or films of water, aka "electrical noise." Ford Builds Metal Prototypes With 3D Printing Mechatronics Zone A new swarm of robots from Stanford University, working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joins a different class of robots that are helping to explore space. The swarm consists of a mother craft and smaller rovers that look like white spheres with all-over Mohawks, measuring just under 20 inches in diameter. Ford Motor Co. is raising the stakes in rapid prototyping, making testable prototype metal parts ranging from brake rotors to transmission cases with three-dimensional printers. Clippard Stepper-Controlled Proportional Valves Utilizing the industry's most robust and powerful linear actuator, this high-flow proportional valve features 2 percent hysteresis, excellent linearity, and a 2 ms reaction time. A flow range of 0 to 300 slpm is standard, however this product is highly modifiable. This "SCPV" is ideal in critical applications such as gas delivery, medical, analytical, and industrial automation requiring high resolution, high flow, and low hysteresis. In addition, the unique design allows for custom flow profiles when required. APPLICATIOn nOTE To Protect LEDs, Know Your Standards Maxon Motors Fly Into Outer Space On Board the 'Dragon' Spacecraft LEDs have become so prominent in so short a time that new standards and specifications are emerging faster than most engineers can gain familiarity with them. CoNNeCt with Us Design News' System & Product Design Engineering group: http// ResouRce centeR Engineering Materials oNliNe Design News' general Twitter feed: Get Design News' RSS feeds at: and sign up for email newsletters at: Design News | february 2013 | www.d esign n –9– The flawless launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 22, 2012 is another successful step for maxon motor ag in the use of high-precision motors in the astronautics industry. The crucial tasks of the maxon motors in the SpaceX mission included orienting the solar arrays of the Dragon spacecraft toward the sun to provide the power supply.

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