Multi-Axis Electric Linear Actuators for Robotics
Bimba Manufacturing Company (University Park, IL) has
introduced IntelliAxis™ multi-axis electric Linear Robot
actuators for either X-Z or X-Y motion applications. Employing
a two-axis system, the unit features a single continuous belt
that serpentines around the two axes eliminating the need for
a motor in the Z- or Y-axis while driving a pair of coordinated
motors in the X-axis. These configurations, known as T-bot
and H-bot, permit synchronized control for complex motion
movement profiles such as circles, ellipses and sine waves.
IntelliAxis™ is intended for medium and heavy-duty two-axis
industrial applications that require flexible motion within a two-dimensional plane. An optimal solution for applications that
require X-Y or X-Z distance, high-speed motion with a robust
load and moment loading capacity, IntelliAxis™ is configured
for pick & place, sorting, loading,
assembly and other material handling
tasks in industries such as packaging,
food and beverage and automotive.
The complete system provides distinct
advantages over traditional linear actuator-based systems.
The durable pair of motors for the X-axis offer high thrust and
high speeds, while the single belt system means less overall Z-axis
load and reduced X-axis motor size.
The patented ARC Power Self-Tracking timing belt itself is steel-reinforced and provides motion in both axes. It is constructed to
reduce noise and vibration, eliminate backlash and cogging, and
deliver higher thrust per unit size.
CAM Software for Alibre Design
AlibreCAM 2017, the Computer Aided
Manufacturing (CAM) plug-in from MecSoft
Corp. (Irvine, CA), runs completely inside of
Alibre Design 2017 software. The program
merges the power of Alibre Design’s
parametric modeling with the machining
capabilities of MecSoft’s flagship CAM
AlibreCAM runs seamlessly within the
Alibre Design user interface. Toolpaths are
automatically updated with model changes,
saving valuable time. The software is fully
associative to any geometry changes within
Alibre Design. It includes 2-1/2, 3, 4 axis
continuous and 3+ 2 milling, drilling and
The software comes with hundreds of free
post-processors and additionally a post-processor generator to create user-definable
Open Source 3D Printer Achieves High
Ember, available from Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) is reportedly
the first open-source production quality 3D printer. Based
on stereolithography, Ember’slight engine delivers industrial
precision and high resolution at over 1 million voxels per layer
with precision all-glass optics. The printer’s 405-nm LED has a
life span of 20,000 hours. Sized at 64 x 40 x 134 mm, the printer
is capable of 50 micron X/Y resolution and layer thicknesses of
10 to 100 microns. The printer’s open-source architecture allows
designers to modify the hardware or software as needed, and to
formulate their own printing materials.
Ember’s mechanics are designed to minimize the forces exerted
on the part during printing, which allows for fine detail parts to
be produced. The printer is designed to work seamlessly with the
Autodesk software ecosystem, enabling designers to send jobs
over Ethernet, Wi-Fi or USB from Spark powered applications.
RedRock TMR Magnetic Sensors Catalog
Coto Technology (Kingstown, RI), a supplier of
advanced switching and magnetic sensing solutions,
has updated its TMR Product Line catalog to include
refinements to product characteristics and modifications
to the Application Circuit drawings.
The catalog details the RedRock Ultraminiature TMR-based magnetic sensors and switches, Coto’s newest
product offerings. Featuring high sensitivity, normally
open power and small size, RedRock is causing
much excitement among new and existing customers.
Applications include liquid level, rotational, biomedical,
proximity, motion and position sensing.
More information can be found on the company’s website