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Navigating From Additive Manufacturing To Injection Molding
 
By Gus Breiland and Eric Utley

Engineers, designers, and product developers have found that industrial-grade 3D printing and plastic injection molding work well together in the life cycle of a product, starting with the design-risk mitigation of 3D printing prototyping and then shifting to the manufacturing method of injection molding to ramp up for higher volumes.

Spotlight On Spectrometers
Infrared (IR) Arrays For NIR Spectroscopy
Product | Laser Components USA, Inc.

The IG22 array series consists of 256 rectangular pixels made of extended InGaAs with a TE2 cooler and is manufactured with an element size of 30 µm x 250 µm, and a pitch of 50 µm.

Handheld Chemical Analysis Enhances Many Industry Uses
Article | By Brad Sohnlein, BaySpec Inc.

Handheld full-solution spectrometers can address mobile analysis needs in many industry applications better than other technologies currently more widely used.

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Short-Wave Infrared Temporal Multiplexing For Cost-Effective Multispectral Solutions
Application Note | By Michael Stelzl, Xenics

Temporal multiplexing is an alternative approach to hyperspectral imaging that uses a fast LED technology. Instead of broadband illuminating and diffracting the spectrum of light in the camera, a broadband sensitive chip is used, and the illumination spectrum is varied over time via fast triggering.

The Future Is Now: How Glass Micro-Bonding Enables A New Era Of Ultra-Reliable Wafer-Level Chip-Scale Packaging
Article | By Ville Hevonkorpi and Antti Peltonen, SCHOTT Electronic Packaging
Innovative glass micro-bonding sealing technology is enabling unprecedented miniaturization and wireless signal transmission for medical implants, MEMS devices, and other electronic and optical devices.
Saving The Lens For Last?
Article | By Stuart W. Singer and Jim Sullivan, Schneider Optics

Designers have been known to “save the lens for last” when creating vision systems with very specific black box dimensions and lighting, resolution, and pixel specifications. One solution to this dilemma is a new and improved design approach called concurrent engineering. 

Filters Extend IR Camera Usefulness
Article | FLIR Systems, Inc - Research & Science

Materials that are transparent or opaque to IR wavelengths present problems in non-contact temperature measurements with an IR camera. This article is Part 4 of a handbook by FLIR that discusses how filters can be used to extend IR camera usefulness.

Optical Monitoring System Improves Thin-Film Coating Accuracy
White Paper | By Dan Bukaty, Jr., PG & O Precision Glass & Optics

In the past, a thin-film design software was used to help develop the coating, but the real challenge was in actually replicating the design thickness and the material indexes inside the coating chamber, without any errors. 

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