Leslie Langnau's Blog – December 2010 Archive (3)

Is it time to return to centralized control?

PCs and PLCs are getting more powerful with multicore processors. Proponents of EtherCAT claim that this network is suitable for handling the amount of data possible with centralized control schemes.

Distributed control was the best strategy for the technology during the 1980s, ‘90s and even into the beginning of this century. But now technology has advanced. Several discussions at various shows I’ve attended revolved around distributed versus centralized control.  So is it time to…


Added by Leslie Langnau on December 16, 2010 at 8:12am — No Comments

View, edit and share 3D files on your iPhone or iPad

3D Systems announced that they have launched a free 3D content tool that will let you view, edit, and share 3D files on your iPhone and iPad. It's called nettfab Mobile and you can check out the videos here: http://www.netfabb.com/mobile.php
Looks pretty cool, although with my poor eyesight I would prefer to use the iPad. It's free and you can download it through iTunes now.
3D Systems…

Added by Leslie Langnau on December 7, 2010 at 5:26am — No Comments

Low cost 3D printers and materials are the focus of additive manufacturing at Euromold

Euromold 2010 has now come and gone, so here’s a quick look at some of the news announced during the show.

The price of 3D printers is in the spotlight again. Objet launched two new desktop 3D printers starting at $19,900. The Objet24 suits the office environment, providing low-cost 3D printing without compromise on model detail or functional versatility. The Objet30 prints a range of materials. More information is available at:…


Added by Leslie Langnau on December 6, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments


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