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Proto Labs adds HP's Multi Jet Fusion technology to portfolio of 3D printing services

August 8, 2017

Rapid manufacturing company Proto Labs (Maple Plain, MN) has announced the addition of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. The production-grade technology builds fully functional plastic prototypes and production parts faster and cheaper than current 3D printing techniques, according to HP.

Nanoparticles Improve Development of Polymer Composites

August 8, 2017

Researchers at the Department of Energy (DoE) have discovered a surprising way to improve the properties of polymers by blending nanoparticles with polymer materials.

HP's Latest Enterprise VR Workstation Is a Backpack

August 7, 2017

As VR (virtual reality) looks to transform itself into an increasingly more mobile (aka convenient) experience HP has debuted a novel solution to the wires and tethers associated with VR today – a backpack.

Using Software to Model a Battery’s Lifetime Performance

August 7, 2017

As the market for energy storage systems expands, microgrids in remote communities have become an attractive opportunity for the deployment of renewable generation with storage. Because these communities generally rely on diesel generation, and often have logistical challenges for fuel delivery, fuel savings is a fundamental objective.

DIY Laser Tag with a Pulse Laster Target and Display

August 4, 2017

Sometimes driving my cat crazy with a laser pointer just doesn't cut it. On occasion it would be nice to pre-occupy myself with delusions of adventure and a dynamic outdoor activity.

The project uses a modified squirt gun with a pulse modulated laser and a receiver target detector and display. The assemblies are based on both Microchip 12F509 and an Arduino-based Pro Mini controller. The project works as a stationary target game, but some enterprising individual could easily adapt it to create their own home version of laser tag.

Skills gap: You don't need a BA to get a well-paying job

August 4, 2017

Young workerAfter being told for decades that you need a BA to succeed, people are starting to see the writing on the wall and the result is that college enrollment has declined for five consecutive years. It is no longer an “automatic choice” for seniors graduating from high school, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.