The American Physical Society (APS), IEEE Photonics Society, Laser Institute of America (LIA), the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, have announced the launch of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a collaborative alliance seeking to unite industry, academia and government experts to identify and advance areas of photonics critical to maintaining US competitiveness and national security.
Wohlers Associates has announced the release of the Wohlers Report 2013, the company's annual in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing worldwide. The report reveals trends that suggest the U.S. may be losing its competitive advantage in the AM industry.
Silicon Mechanics has announced that Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts,is the winner of a complete high-performance computer cluster donated by Silicon Mechanics and its vendor partners as part of its second annual Research Cluster Grant competition.
French nuclear services giant Areva SA no longer projects a date for building an Idaho uranium enrichment plant, aiming to avoid dashing expectations while its hunt for financing drags on. Work on the $3 billion Eagle Rock enrichment plant was meant to start in 2011.
The MPU-400M series, available now from MicroPower Direct (Stoughton, MA), is a family of compact 400W AC/DC power supplies that are certified to EN 60601 3RD edition. These power supplies offer a unique combination of high power, safety features, robust performance and compact construction.
Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has announced the Cognex Industrial Camera (CIC) series, a new line of GigE Vision digital industrial cameras designed for easy integration with VisionPro and CVL vision software.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) has expanded its sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor driver portfolio with a new device designed for high efficiency and low noise, which requires a low external component count of only one capacitor.
On this episode of Engineering Update, the Navy has launched a drone the size of a fighter jet from a warship, the emergence of polymer-based flexible circuits, and a lightweight sound camera.
Research teams from UW-Milwaukee and the University of York investigating the properties of ultra-thin films of new materials are helping bring quantum computing one step closer to reality. An on-going collaboration between physicists from York and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA, is focusing on understanding, tailoring, and tuning the electronic properties of topological insulators at the nanoscale.
Tesla Motors, which makes a highly acclaimed $70,000 electric car, has paid off a startup loan from the U.S. government nine years early. The Palo Alto, Calif., company said it wired in a $451.8 million payment to the government on Wednesday. The money, coupled with two prior payments, paid off a $465 million loan Tesla got from the Department of Energy loan in 2010 to foster development of advanced-technology vehicles.
The Navy's newest unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft platform, the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), completed its first flight from Palmdale, Calif. May 22, marking the start of tests which will validate the Northrop Grumman-built system for future fleet operations.
Rolls-Royce has congratulated the U.S. Navy for achieving its first flight with the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built MQ-4C Triton aircraft. Triton, a high-altitude, unmanned aircraft, is powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007 engine.
Allied Motion (Netherlands) has announced the KinetiMax 32EB-DS, an extremely compact brushless DC motor with a dual output shaft. This KinetiMax is an outer rotor motor and has two identical shafts and two identical bearings capable of handling high side loads on both sides of the motor.
Physik Instrumente (PI) (Germany) has introduced a new series of miniaturized, piezo-motor-driven linear positioners. The small dimensions make these new positioners the ideal choice for high precision motion in confined spaces.
In order to increase controller scalability while enhancing user functionality and flexibility, Beckhoff Automation (Savage, MN) has introduced the new CX9020 Embedded PC. The CX9020 is suitable for a wide range of PLC and motion control applications in small and medium sized machines, systems or buildings.