Welding System Perfect for Joining Dissimilar Materials

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Automation Alternatives recently introduced a fiber laser welding system called RubyLaser that is perfect for joining dissimilar materials. Its spot size is as small as 0.001 to 0.002 in. and fast weld speeds allow the system to deliver high power density. These characteristics make it perfect for welding together materials that are not identical.

Typical materials include stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, nitinol and more.

Read the full article on RubyLaser here.

An Apple A Day…

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Is made from a 3-D printer??

Don’t worry, you won’t be eating these 3-D printed apples; rather, they are used to monitor the conditions in which your apples travel from farm to store.

These apples are specifically engineered to match the thermal response of real apples, meaning they will cool at a rate that is within 5% of real apples, compared to the 16% of water-filled fruit simulators. They can be placed among the real apples as they travel from cold stores to ripening facilities to stores.

Ultimately, the novel sensor system provides an improved method to identify any quality issues when transporting fruits. Creators hope to better pinpoint the location and reason for unexpected quality loss.

How do you like them apples?

You can read the original article here.

Build Your Next Home with 3-D Printers

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Taking technology out of the lab and into the world, ETH Zurich is working on the world’s first house made with 3-D printers and robots.

The home will be three stories tall and is expected to be completed next year.

Check out this great video from BBC to learn more.


New 3-D Printed Robot Can Go Just About Anywhere

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Engineers at the University of California have created a soft-legged robot whose body is made entirely from 3-D printing. The bases and caps of each leg are solid, metal components, while the length of the leg is soft and helps the robot adapt to move on nearly any terrain.

The hope for these robots is that they will be helpful in search and rescue missions, as well as observing endangered species without disturbing their natural habitat.

What is so cool about this new technology is the ability for a 3-D printer to produce multiple types of material. Shifting from hard material to soft with no gap between them makes the robot more durable and efficient.

Check out the robot in action here.

Written with help from BBC.

Four Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Manufacturing

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Inspiring the Younger Generations to Work in Machining

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In May, the Mazak Midwest Technology Center hosted the 26th annual Precision Machining Competition to honor excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. Over 250 students from 19 local high schools submitted more than 300 parts for this year’s contest, which culminated with an awards ceremony on May 11.

Read the full press release from Mazak here.

Energy Monitoring System to be Installed at the Olympic Winter Games 2018

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General Electric (GE) has partnered with the Olympic Games to install an Energy Monitoring System (EMS) that is “expected to enhance stability and reliability of power supply” at the 14 Olympic Games venues “through real-time energy monitoring…”

This system will ensure fast response and repair in the event of a power outage at any of the venues, as well as collect power consumption data that allows for more efficient power use during the 2018 Games and beyond.

GE is one of the many companies we work with, and we are excited to see how this system will make future Olympic Games more enjoyable than ever before.

You can read GE’s official press release here.

Technological Advances in Oregon Could Save Industry Millions

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An Oregon startup may have developed a technology that could potentially save the specialty metals industry hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs.

The system, developed by KW Associates, is added to titanium and nickel refining furnaces that drastically reduces waste and improves overall safety in the melting process, according to Oregon BEST.

“Our technology could save 40 to 50 percent of the energy currently lost in the use of these furnaces, while improving ingot quality, and reducing much of the $800 million in lost revenue through material waste and associated electrical inefficiencies each year.”

– Paul King, president and CEO of KW Associates.

Click HERE to read the full story.

Original article posted in The Portland Business Journal

U.S. Steel Produces Innovative Technology For Energy Industry

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This past Monday, U.S. Steel Tublar Products unveiled an exciting new innovation and in energy industry that is sure to make a major impact on the oil industry.

The technology that they introduced is still patent pending, but in it’s simplest definition, the new technology innovates the way oil and gas line connections are made. The joints are now sealed in a way that improves torque, can withstand higher pressure and improves the overall safety of the gas line.

U.S. Steel’s new technology found a way to innovate the metal to metal connection of the joints and pipelines. What was a major point of vulnerability, is now a point of durability.

“The introduction of this new product continues U. S. Steel’s transformation as we provide highly engineered products to our customers in the oil and gas market.”

Said Mario Longhi, president and CEO of U.S. Steel

Original Article written by: Justine Coyne
Read the full article here.

New Partnership with Global Suppliers of Plasma Cutting Systems

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Two global suppliers of plasma cutting systems, Machitech Auto. and EZ Cut CNC, announced to the public that they are joining forces in a business partnership that allows both entities to grow and develop in new markets.

The merger is quite synergistic in nature. Both companies are profiting from each other and are taking their businesses to new levels. Machitech Automation, a global supplier of CNC plasma cutting tables, will now be able to utilize EZ Cut CNC’s U.S. product line. EZ Cut CNC supplies CNC plasma cutting systems to custom metal fabricators and will now have access to a limitless line of CNC cutting products as a direct result of this new venture with Machitech.

Falling right into Machitech’s long term goals, this new venture will help Machitech Automation inch closer and attain its corporate mission of becoming a leading global manufacturer of automated cutting solutions.

For more details about the merger and to read the original article, click below.

Original Article from: roboticstomorrow.com

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