Actors want to be singers and singers want to be actors. The hacker equivalent to this

Actors want to be singers and singers want to be actors. The hacker equivalent to this might be that 3D printers want to be laser cutters or CNC machines and laser cutters want to be 3D printers. When [Kurt] and [Lawrence] discovered their tech shop acquired a 120 Watt Epilog Fusion laser cutter, they started thinking if they could coax it into cutting out 3D shapes. That question led them to several experiments that were ultimately successful. The idea was to cut away material, rotate the work piece, and cut some more in a similar way to how some laser cutters handle engraving cylindrical objects. Unlike 3D printing which is additive, this process is subtractive like a traditional machining process. The developers used wood as the base material. They wanted to use acrylic, but found that the cut away pieces tended to stick, so they continued using wood. However, the wood tends to char as it is cut. In the end, they not only had to build special jigs and electronics, they also had to port some third party control software to solve some issues with the Epilog Fusion cutter’s built in software. The final refinement was to use the laser’s raster mode to draw surface detail on the p...

3-D printing technology brings innovation to South Texas VA

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:21 pmMay 21, 2019 Posted in Health, Research by VAntage Point Contributor 718 views Whoever coined, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” has not met South Texas VA’s senior prosthetist, Gordon Bosker. Having decades of “old-fashioned” prosthetics fabrication under his belt, he’d be the last person you’d think was scanning body parts with an iPad, but the Air Force Veteran has totally embraced the technology. Bosker presented 3-D printing technologies as part of South Texas’ Research Week celebration. The week ran from May 13 – 17. Several services are presenting their latest research efforts like the exoskeleton, personalized medicine and even the caregiver program. Bosker is leading the South Texas VA into the new age of prosthetic devices with 3-D printing. In addition to being a certified prosthetist/orthotist, he manages the lab. One of the biggest challenges he faces in the near future is finding enough space for their newest (and third) 3-D printer. South Texas submitted, and was awarded an innovation grant for the third printer which will enable the lab to print full leg designs. Something not possible before for South Texas Veterans....

Connected Manufacturing 2020: What makes a good CDO? | Technology

The Connected Manufacturing Leaders Summit in Berlin brings together Ops tech and Info tech from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers; all of them on the quest for Industry 4.0. Manufacturing Global was in the audience to hear a panel discussion packed with insight on “Connecting the ‘purpose’ to the data”. Moderator Karim Pourak, CEO, ProcessMiner introduced an expert panel featuring John Vermeer, Director Digital & Smart Factory, Philips, Jens Schmidt, Global Technology Director, Dow Chemical, Damodar Hedge, Director Digital Operations Excellence & Digital Supply Chain, Coca-Cola and Tony Lewis, Global Product Manager – Digital Services, Solenis. The panel considered a question at the heart of digital transformation for manufacturers: “How can you best define your business goals to gather the right data and make forward thinking decisions?” Addressing the rise of digital from factory floor to boardroom the Connected Manufacturing panel reflected on the role of the Chief Digital Officer and what makes a good CDO. “It’s a tremendous help if that person understands the manufacturing process and can map the digital part to what’s actually happening on the shop f...

5 things about CNC Machined Aluminium you may not have known Side Panel Connect with us

A CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine runs on a computer program; it can either be for prototyping or in full item production. Aluminum is the commonly machined material, as it exhibits excellent machinability, and is thus the preferred material in the most manufacturing sector. Aluminum as a material offers some interesting thermal and mechanical properties. Besides, the aluminum metal is relatively easy to shape, especially in drilling processes, like in CNC aluminum machining. In fact, we highly regard an aluminum alloy compared to other lightweight metals such as magnesium and titanium alloys. The use of CNC aluminum has grown immensely, the production of CNC automotive parts and other CNC parts that are lightweight has been intense. Below are a few of the things you may not have known. Aluminum is soft, lightweight, tractable, malleable, and durable metal. Its appearance is silver or dull grey and depends on the roughness of the surface. It lacks magnetic properties and its non-flammable. The aluminum metal melts at 640 degrees, and it’s light with a density of 2.68. It is a good conductor of electricity though not of the same standard as copper on specific cross-secti...

“ERW steel pipe” is a high-frequency straight seam resistance welded pipe. It is used to transport vapor

“ERW steel pipe” is a high-frequency straight seam resistance welded pipe. It is used to transport vapor and liquid objects such as oil and natural gas, and can meet various requirements of high and low pressure. At present, it plays a pivotal role in the field of transportation pipes in the world.1. Welded pipe refers to the ordinary “submerged arc welded steel pipe”, which is represented by ”SC” in electrical engineering. It can be used as water gas pipe or threaded pipe, which is relatively thick.2. The line pipe is also a wire tube, which is relatively thin. It is indicated by “T” and can only be used as a pipe.3. The ERW pipe is a “high-frequency resistance welded steel pipe”, which is different from the ordinary welding pipe welding process. The welding seam is made by melting the base metal of the steel strip body, and the mechanical strength is better than that of the ordinary welded pipe. ”LSAW steel pipe“is a straight seam submerged arc welded steel pipe. Its main technical characteristics are as follows:1. During the steel tube forming process, the steel plate is uniformly deformed, the residual s...

Miami Concert Calendar January 27 Through February 2, 2020

Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. This week, Super Bowl LIV finally descends upon Miami, bringing with it an impressive array of big-name acts as Miami hosts its 11th Super Bowl. No stranger to throwing a party, the Magic City has outdone itself this year with a staggering number of events headlined by the world’s hottest acts. Kicking into overdrive by Wednesday, iconic 80s outfit The Goo Goo Dolls grace The Hard Rock’s stage, and Pandora and SiriusXM will ring in football’s biggest week of the year with a free concert series featuring the electronic duo Chainsmokers, followed by 2019′s fan-favorite Lizzo the next evening at The Fillmore. You’ll have plenty of chances to catch Da Baby this week, as the busy rapper is set to perform at numerous events including at E11even on Thursday, and both Story and Wynwood Factory on Saturday. Other highlights include Pepsi’s event on Friday at Island Gardens, featuring Harry Styles and Mark Ronson. Vewtopia Music Festival boasts a star-studded lineup, featuring Cardi B, Chris Brown, and Migos to name a...

Intelligent emergency lighting enhances the smart building (MAGAZINE)

Jeremy Ludyjan highlights intelligent LED components and connectivity strategies for emergency lighting and how to engineer a safer generation of smart buildings. Everyone has been talking about smart buildings and building automation, but the challenge always has been how to deploy building intelligence. What’s the best way to connect building systems into a central infrastructure? Perhaps the most logical place to start is by augmenting building safety using connected emergency lighting systems and then expanding the system to support building automation. Emergency luminaires are required in all commercial structures, and they have to be strategically placed to cover the entire building (Fig. 1). Emergency lights are already linked to building alarm systems so those “bug-eye” lights can show the way to the nearest exit in the event of an emergency or power outage. Now what if you were to use those same emergency luminaires to create a wireless network capable of automating building safety systems? That same infrastructure can then be readily extended to manage a wide range of building systems. Before we review the possibilities of a connected, intelligent building infrastructu...

Why the ‘Boris bounce’ is likely to be shortlived

The UK economy grew at its slowest pace since the financial crisis in the closing months of 2019, ending a year in which Brexit uncertainty hobbled business investment even as a strong labour market underpinned consumer spending.  The coming year holds little prospect of a lasting improvement, according to more than 85 leading economists who responded to the Financial Times’ annual survey of UK economic growth. The majority predicted that any pick-up in growth following Boris Johnson’s decisive election win in December may be shortlived because businesses still have little idea of the UK’s eventual trading relationship with the EU, and the UK’s chronic productivity problem is unlikely to ease.  Howard Archer, chief economic adviser, EY Item Club There may be a modest pick-up in early months of 2020 as some of the uncertainties facing the economy are diluted by the decisive general election result and the UK inevitably leaving the EU with Johnson’s deal on January 31. This may lead to some business investment decisions and commitments to major projects that had been delayed now going ahead. However, we suspect the upside will be limited by still significant problems, includ...

Meander Tiara: Only diadem in the royal collection from Prince Philip’s family revealed

The Meander Tiara is currently owned by Princess Anne, who was last seen wearing it for the Dutch State Banquet in 2018. Like much of the jewellery owned by the Royal Family, the Meander has a long history. It came to the British Royal Family from Princess Alice, Prince Philip’s mother, however it is not known exactly when she herself was given it. Because of the Greek design, it is likely to have been a wedding present – she married Prince Andrew of Greece & Denmark in 1903. However, the earliest portraits of her in the tiara are in 1914 – the year after the death of King George I of Greece, her father-in-law – so perhaps it was came to her as part of Prince Andrew’s inheritance. Alice was known to love the tiara, and wore it throughout her marriage, before gifting it to Princess Elizabeth when she wed Prince Philip in 1947. However, the Queen never wore the item publicly, as shortly after her wedding she ascended to the throne – and the delicate Meander is more suited to a Princess. The Princess Royal had already worn the piece, attending the State Opening of Parliament in 1970 wearing it. In modern times, the Meander is most associated with ...

Surfaces 2018 Review: At this year’s show, branding and marketing shared center stage

This year’s show, held in Las Vegas from January 30 to February 1, was busy, colorful and enthusiastic. Attendee traffic was strong, exhibitor bookings were up 5% and manufacturers put their best foot forward, investing not just in product but also in new brands, booth design, unique merchandising units and dramatic displays on booth floors and walls. The massive L-shaped 450,000-square-foot exhibit space-featuring Surfaces, TileExpo and StonExpo/Marmomac under the umbrella of TISE (The International Surface Event)-was so crammed with people and product that a shortcut across the outside parking lot turned into a pedestrian highway. It didn’t help that the middle third of the exhibit hall was focused on stone processing machinery, essentially cutting the flooring show in two. The Las Vegas Market, showing product including area rugs at the World Market Center at the other end of the Strip, ran more or less concurrently with Surfaces. For the first two days of Surfaces, shuttles, free with a TISE badge, ferried attendees between the shows. But many attendees reported that they just didn’t have enough time to travel across town. The downside for Surfaces is that there’s not much t...

USA: A new design of compressor using refrigerant R1234ze could provide a long-term, low GWP solution

USA: A new design of compressor using refrigerant R1234ze could provide a long-term, low GWP solution for packaged air conditioning and VRF.  A spool compressor being developed by Torad Engineering of Cumming, Georgia, is said to have achieved EERs that are within 2.5% of a similarly operating R410A scroll but with greater volumetric flow. The spool compressor resembles a rotary vane compressor, but is described as being smaller, lighter and cheaper to manufacture than current technology. It has just four main components: rotor, main housing, vane, and bearing housing. Torad Engineering has been developing its spool compressor technology for nearly a decade. Over the past two years the company has been investigating the application on low pressure/low density refrigerants. With further optimisation, the company is confident that efficiencies can be further increased. “Torad’s Solstice ze spool compressor will surpass the EER of similar R410A scroll compressors,” said Torad president and COO, Joe Orosz. “Maybe more importantly, the Solstice ze spool compressor can be delivered with a cost structure comparable to the R410A scroll while delivering more than twice the volumetric flo...

Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris: Why I Decided to Play Bass

Steve Harris is an undisputed bass legend. But, with his love of melodic music, what made him decide to pick up the bass when he made the decision to learn an instrument? The Iron Maiden founder explained just that in our sit-down interview in advance of the release of The Burning from his side band British Lion. Before getting into why he opted to learn how to play bass, we had to know what first inspired him to want to play music at all. That tale starts, unexpectedly, with the game of chess. “A friend of mine in school, I used to go over his house and play chess. He used to put all this stuff on in the background,” Harris explained. “I’m sure he was doing it trying to put me off my chess game,” he continued, admitting the music in the background was a bit of a distraction. “It was putting me off my chess game because I was trying to listen, going, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ “In the end, I said to him, ‘Can I borrow some of your albums?’ So he gave me albums by Black Sabbath, Wishbone Ash, Jethro Tull and stuff like that. I took them home and played them,” the bassist relayed. Now overwhelmed by what ...

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