Category: Automation

Willy Wonka Elevator Is Nearing Reality

Willy Wonka Elevator Is Nearing Reality

| August 4, 2017

Thyssenkrupp has been working on a new type of elevator that they call the Multi.  It uses linear motor technology and can go vertical AND horizontal.  The elevator cars can switch rails and transition from vertical to horizontal at special intersections that reorient the back plane or carriage of the car. As a motion control […]

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Stratasys 3D Continuous Build Demonstrator – Manufacturing on demand

Stratasys 3D Continuous Build Demonstrator – Manufacturing on demand

| August 4, 2017

Stratasys recently released a video showing it’s version of manufacturing on demand.  It’s an interesting concept utilizing a continuous build sheet that advances and is cut off to leave a new build area behind.  The parts collected in a bin attached to the 3D printer.  I haven’t personally seen a “in the wild” 3D printed production […]

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This Could Change DIY CNC In A Big Way!

This Could Change DIY CNC In A Big Way!

| September 28, 2016

I was hesitant to title this with “This Could Change DIY CNC In A Big Way”.  Largely because it’s too limiting a title.  This could change a lot more than just DIY CNC.  It can change small business, retrofit of older machines, production CNC and more.  In the near future we might be done fighting […]

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I Found My New 3D Printer… And CNC Machine

I Found My New 3D Printer… And CNC Machine

| August 31, 2016

Thermwood, who is a common name in the CNC industry, has launched a new machine called the L-SAM.  That stands for Large Scale Additive Manufacturing.  This concept is not entirely new as DMG Mori has an additive 5 axis metal 3D laser sintering and VMC.  The L-SAM prints slightly over-sized in all the common plastics and then […]

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I don’t think I’d be shoving it around like that….

I don’t think I’d be shoving it around like that….

| February 26, 2016

It looks like there’s some robot hazing going on!  Boston Dynamics is putting it’s latest version of their humanoid-ish Atlas robot though it’s paces.  They recently release a video where they’re show the robot picking up and storing boxes as well as walking through the snow.  Atlas is able to catch itself (most of the […]

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I could watch this all day – Trumpf TruLaser

I could watch this all day – Trumpf TruLaser

| September 1, 2015

I’m a geek… I know it and I embrace it.  I have seen these machines in person, along with other Trumpf offerings (punch and break).  They are all mesmerizing to watch.  Always well made and fast.  In this video, a Trumpf TruLaser 3030 is cutting steel quite literally like butter.  Just look at the thickness […]

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Need a desktop 5 axis CNC machine? Pocket NC is on Kickstarter

Need a desktop 5 axis CNC machine? Pocket NC is on Kickstarter

| June 23, 2015

Recently launched on Kickstarter, the Pocket NC is a small, portable 5 axis CNC machine.  Model makers, jewelers and RC enthusiasts rejoice. It has a relatively small machining area at X 4.5in, Y 4.8in, Z 3.45in, A 100 degrees and B continuous rotation (360+).  It has a very trick spindle that does not require tools to change […]

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Cheetah robot jumps all kinds of hurdles for you!

Cheetah robot jumps all kinds of hurdles for you!

| May 30, 2015

As if Skynet wasn’t close enough already, MIT just released a video showing their Cheetah robot being able to jump obstacles in real time. Your life long dream of being able to jog with your robot is one step closer to reality.  Of course, this project is largely funded by DARPA so don’t write any […]

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Making a stamping fixture for the LoopAlien – Neo7CNC

Making a stamping fixture for the LoopAlien – Neo7CNC

| May 30, 2015

For those of you that may not know, I run a DIY CNC channel on YouTube by the name of Neo7CNC.  I’ve been making videos on YouTube for several years now and have made several CNC machines.  I recently put my newest one to good use making a stamping fixture for the LoopAlien (another project of […]

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Love Arduino and the Internet of things (IoT) – Check this out!

Love Arduino and the Internet of things (IoT) – Check this out!

| March 3, 2015

Spark IO has launched a new Kickstarter called the Electron.  It’s a tiny Arduino-like cellular development kit with a very affordable data plan.  This means you can create a projects that are always connected.  They are offering several packages in 2G and 3G cellular as well as a few rewards that are specifically outfitted for […]

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