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The Internet of Things (IoT) and automation in the smart factory

Published 01 October 2014

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: siemens, robots, internet of things, iot, smart factory

Intelligent Robots, should we be scared?

For years there has been the threat that the robots will take over. For instance, in the 1980s car manufacturers in Motor City, Detroit, were prophesizing the future of “lights-out” manufacturing. Essentially, the lights in the factory would be turned off and the robots would be left to do all the work unsupervised.

But this hasn’t really been possible…until now.

The smart factory is finally here thanks to technological advances and the internet of things (IoT) but should we be greeting these robots with open arms or running away in fear?

Industrial automation spares supplier, European Automation, thinks we should do the former.

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Mcor reinforces its offerings for those wanting accurate colour 3D printing

Published 30 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, product design, mcor technologies, mcor, colour, colour match, packaging design

The Mcor Iris machine has enhancements that now see sharper colours, usage of 10 per cent less ink, and accredited screen to model colour accuracy

Mcor has further increased the colour capabilities of its IRIS 3D printer, offering sharper colours, higher quality colour on thin walls, meeting International Color Consortium (ICC) approval and 10 per cent reduced ink consumption.

The enhancements announced today build on the superior ‘True Colour’ capabilities that part of Mcor’s aggressive colour strategy, with the updates offering precise 3D models in industry-standard colours as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration.

Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colours to machine-specific ones, introducing unintended changes in the 3D printed colour along the way, with the IRIS outputting over 1 million colors and 5760 x 1440 x 508dpi.

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Capture and integrate: Autodesk’s ReCap Pro looks to clean up 3D scanning

Published 29 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, 3d scanning, recap pro

ReCap Pro can create improved accuracy reports based on commonly-used registration targets, like checkerboards and spheres, to get the best accuracy

The new version of Autodesk ReCap Pro is heading your way, with the task of making 3D scanning easier and more accurate for all industries.

More than just a picture, the ReCap product line looks to give customers the ability to capture and integrate reality data directly into their design process - a car on the drive, a building project, your own beautiful-if-slightly-dented head.

ReCap Pro 1.4 looks to make it easier to check the quality of laser scans that you are feeding into the ReCap engine and turn the scans into 3D data models.

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Inspiration: IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards shortlist

Published 29 September 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: jobs, education, ford, awards, iet, renishaw, rolls-royce, engineering career, women in engineering, selex

This year’s YWE shortlist: (L-R) Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, Jessica Bestwick, Holly Driver, Nicola Combe, Laurie-Ann Marshall, Lucy Ackland, Naomi Mitchison, Hannah Stanbury and Hannah Pearlman

Five young female engineers have been shortlisted for a prestigious engineering industry award - The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards - which aims to banish outdated engineering stereotypes.

Working on projects as diverse as the next generation of 3D printers, laser warning systems for military aircraft and the cooling system for a futuristic new car, the engineers looking to help change the perception that engineering is about hard hats and greasy pipes, or only a career for men.

The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards aim is to find female role models to help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis, where women currently represent only six per cent of the engineering workforce in the UK.

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