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Published 16 September 2014
Posted by Al Dean
If there’s one thing that’s keeping the 3D design tool industry’s curiousity piqued, it’s what the team at OnShape is up to.
If you’re not familiar with the name, we suspect you soon will be.
OnShape, formerly going under the guise of Belmont Technology, is the group assembled by the founders of SolidWorks to do something new in the 3D design tool space.
Costing less than $70, Piccolo is an Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, and playing with basic CNC output - plotting a quick graffito, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural - digital fabrication at a small scale.
The team behind it are refining the prototype into an open-source design that is simple, quick to assemble, and easy to use, and is entirely composed of digitally manufactured components and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware.
The creation of a prototype radio-on-a-chip powered by ambient radio waves could change the way the Internet of Things is being viewed by designers and engineers.
The self-contained silicon chip devices don’t require batteries to run, are millimetres in size, and are potentially cheap to produce - allowing them to be placed in all manner of products previously thought too small to be connected.
Developed by a team of researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, the product architecture is scalable to the number of antennae a product needs in a very small space, while the lack of battery power means there is no ‘lifetime’ associated with them, scavenging the energy it needs from existent radio waves.
The project was developed by 17 partners from 7 European countries, including university research institutes and industry heavyweights such as Nikon Metrology and Trumpf, to which the CAM specialists have now input of their experience in programming robotic machining patterns.
Missler has been working on piloting robots to control the production chain for some time, from the removal of carbon fiber strips in the raw state, to dimensional control through and machining definition and the calculation of phases, aiming to allow composites such as carbon fibre to be mass produced on an industrial scale.