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3D printing: Accurate heights for prototypes

10:10 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Having gone around and around the houses trying to print things to exact heights, I think I have cracked it – and discovered one reason why auto-bed-levelling is known to give such good first layers – see below. This took a lot of printing, reading G-code files in a text editor and (mostly unsuccessful) googling. ...

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Who’s Who At RWC

6:26 am PDT, September 23, 2019

We’re second favourites at 5/1, Tonga has been dispatched, we’re the only European team to have won this thing, our coach speaks Japanese and we’re operating in the familiar cultural ecosystem of a beer-swilling tea-drinking country. And, of course, we have the mighty Vinupolas. This, the eighth Rugby World Cup, is the first time it ...

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ISELED Alliance reaches 28 members

10:20 pm PDT, September 22, 2019

With the addition of five new members –  Everlight, the Dräxlmaier Group, the Xingyu Car Light Company and Techniplas – the number of  members in the ISELED Alliance aimed at standardizing an LED lighting approach has reached 28. “The broad spectrum of the Alliance’s members gives ISELED technology ever greater dynamism and enormously expands its ...

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InP lasers directly attach to silicon photonics waveguide

10:06 pm PDT, September 22, 2019

NeoPhotonics has general availability  of its non-hermetic 30-40 mW DFB laser sources for use in Silicon Photonics 100G per wavelength CWDM4 FR4 and 1310 nm DR1 and DR4 transceivers. These lasers are available with and without integral Spot Size Converters (SSC). NeoPhotonics low-loss SSC technology enables direct attachment of the Indium Phosphide laser to a ...

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Foremost to distribute Neutrik connectors

10:00 pm PDT, September 22, 2019

Foremost Electronics of Essex, the specialist distributor of electromechanical components and sub-assemblies, has signed a UK Distributorship agreement with  circular connector specialist Neutrik Industrial Connectors. Neutrik also announced two significant new cable and chassis connector series which meet connectivity requirements where the need for complete data signal integrity is critical. Neutrik’s etherCON is a ruggedised and ...

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Ed Sniffs Skulduggerry

5:09 pm PDT, September 22, 2019

Skulduggery, Ed tells his diary, now’s the perfect time for it. Party conference season, parliament not sitting, MPs distracted – who’s going to scrutinise the goings on of an obscure peer with a science brief? The important thing in tech is trend. The trend carries all before it – funding, university research, motivated engineers and ...

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Adventures with Luxeon Lime

9:02 am PDT, September 20, 2019

A long time ago – several years – Lumileds generously sent me a couple of samples of its Rebel Lime. This is a phosphor-converted led with a lime green output and, as far as I know, was the first commercial led to be binned at over 200 lm/W. I might have has some prior knowledge ...

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Oxbotica claims self-driving car software analyses 150 vehicles-per-second

6:43 am PDT, September 20, 2019

Self-driving vehicles on London’s complex and congested streets are required to make 150 independent vehicle detections every second and detect traffic lights in 1/2,000th of a second – faster than the human eye, according to Oxbotica, autonomous vehicle software provider. The Oxford-based company is using its software system in cities, mines, airports, quarries and ports. ...

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