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  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:00
    Doctors Use 3D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe #3DxMedicine #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    Doctors Use 3D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe:

    Ever since the day Garrett Peterson was born, his parents have had to watch him suddenly just stop breathing.

    “He could go from being totally fine to turning blue sometimes — not even kidding — in 30 seconds,” says Garrett’s mother, Natalie Peterson, 25, of Layton, Utah. “It was so fast. It was really scary.”

    Garrett was born with a defective windpipe. His condition, known as tracheomalacia, left his trachea so weak the littlest thing makes it collapse, cutting off his ability to breathe.

    …So the Petersons contacted Dr. Glenn Green at the University of Michigan, who specializes in conditions like Garrett’s. He teamed up with Scott Hollister, a biomedical engineer who runs the university’s 3-D Printing Lab, to create a remarkable solution to Garrett’s problem — a device that will hold open Garrett’s windpipe until it’s strong enough to work on its own.

    …3-D printers have been used to build jewelry, art and even guns. But Hollister is using the technology to create medical devices. He uses a 3-D printer that melts particles of plastic dust with a laser. He has already built a jawbone for a patient in Italy and has helped another baby with a condition similar to Garrett’s. But Garrett is a lot of sicker and his condition is a lot more complicated.

    “It’s just been issue after issue with breathing, and just trying to keep him breathing at all,” Jake Peterson, Garrett’s dad, says.

    At 16 months old, Garrett had never been able to leave the hospital. Every time he stopped breathing, it was a mad rush to save him. And the doctors weren’t sure how much longer they could keep him alive.

    “In some sense we were thrown directly into the fire,” Hollister says. “We characterized it as sort of a Hail Mary pass.” …

    Read More.


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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:00
    3D Design Trends: “UpKit” Accessories and Add-ons for Quin 3D-Printable Fashion Doll #3DxToys #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    3DKitbash created the Quin fashion doll originally for a crowdfunding project last year. Recently, designer Quincy has been creating and sharing a lot of exciting add-on printable content for the doll platform, including items they have been calling “UpKits” (like the hair and fist options here from Thingiverse) that they are posting all over the web where designers are posting 3D content for free or paid downloads. To my taste, the quality of these pieces are stronger than most of the paid 3D printables posted online so far, and speak to the potential strength of this marketplace.

    (ABOVE) Quin G1: Mop1: A Thingiverse Exclusive accessory for 3DKitbash’s Quin: 3D Printable Fashion Doll and Inventing Platform. Simply print (support-free) and snap to your pre-printed Quin Doll. (read more)

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    Quin G1: Fist1: A Thingiverse Exclusive accessory for 3DKitbash’s Quin: 3D Printable Fashion Doll and Inventing Platform. Simply print (support-free) and snap to your pre-printed Quin Doll. (read more)

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 08:30
    Here’s some tips, tricks, and techniques for using your Arduino in preparation for #ArduinoD14

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    Arduino Day 2014 is this Saturday and we’ll be posting our favorite tutorials, projects, and products for Arduino all this week. This tutorial from the Adafruit Learning System is useful to look over, especially for those just getting started working with Arduino. Get the most out of your Arduino! Here’s a little background on Arduino from our Arduino UNO FAQ page:

    There’s so many Arduino’s out there, it may get a little confusing. We wanted to clarify for people some of the changes in the latest version.

    But first…some history! First there was the serial Arduino (what’s the name of it?) with RS232 which was not used outside of the Arduino team & friends.

    The first popularly manufactured Arduino was called the NG (New Generation, like Star Trek, yknow?) The NG used the Atmega8 chip running at 16 MHz and an FT232 chip for the USB interface. The bootloader takes up 2KB of space and runs at 19200 baud.

    The next version was the Diecimila. The Diecimila updated the chip from the Atmega8 to the Atmega168. The great thing here is double the space and memory (16K instead of 8K). It still ran at 16MHz. The Diecimila also added two extra header pins for 3.3V (from the FTDI chip) and the reset pin which can be handy when a shield is covering up the Reset button. The bootloader takes up 2KB of space and runs at 19200 baud. Auto-resetting was also added which makes life awesomer for everyone.

    In 2009, the Duemilanove was released. This one also upgraded the chip again, to the Atmega328. Yet another doubling of space and memory! Another upgrade is now the power is automagically switched between USB and DC-jack which removed the previous jumper. This makes it easier and faster to move from programming to standalone and got rid of some confusion. The bootloader takes up 2KB of space and runs at 57600 baud.

    In 2010, we have the Uno! The Uno still uses the 328P chip and the power switcher. It has a smaller bootloader called OptiBoot (more space for users’ projects) that runs at 115K. So even though the chip is the same, you get another 1.5K of extra flash space that was previously used by the bootloader. The FTDI chip has also been replaced with a atmega8u2 which allows for different kinds of USB interfaces. Finally, there’s an extra 3.3V regulator (LP2985) for a better 3.3V supply. whew!

    Read more.


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    March 29th is Arduino Day 2014! Arduino day is “a worldwide event bringing together Arduino people and projects. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.” Adafruit will be celebrating with 24 hours of Arduino posts on our blog as well as a special Saturday night LIVE show with Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO of Arduino. Join us Saturday, March 29th at 7 PM EST to celebrate Arduino Day 2014! Be sure to check out our extensive learning system tutorials on Arduino as well as our Arduino blog coverage and products.

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 08:00
    3D Printed Tape Measure #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    3D Printed Tape Measure by angrymonk55:

    Fully assembled, 3D printed, 4ft tape measure with 114 separate parts. Why do this?: Because its awesome. Is its useful?: Questionably.

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    649-1
    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 07:00
    3D Design Software – Marius Watz’s Modelbuilder Processing Libraries – Parametric Design for Digital Fabrication #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    From the workshop description for “ITP 2013: Parametric Design for Digital Fabrication” where Marius Watz shared the latest version of his Modelbuilder Processing libraries:

    We will use a range of tools to produce output in industry standard formats (PDF, STL etc.) Our primary platform will be Processing, a Java-based coding tool that facilitates experimentation with coded processes without the constraints of conventional CAD software or design tools.

    To describe 2D and 3D structures in code we will rely heavily on principles from computational geometry. An understanding of mathematical concepts like vectors and trigonometry is essential, as these are the atomic units of geometry. These topics are introduced as part of the course, along with strategies to simplify the math involved through helpful workflows and existing code. The real challenge is not math, but rather the translation of spatial ideas into code. Sharing of code and other resources will be done through Dropbox and Github.

    To this end we will use libraries like Modelbuilder, Toxiclibs.org and Hemesh. These libraries extend the core functionality of Processing, providing higher-level abstractions that aid in the articulation and manipulation of geometry. From the basic task of constructing a valid 3D mesh to more advanced concepts like physical simulation and kinetic behavior, most challenges will be resolved through a combination of hands-on code and knowing when to use an existing tool.

    Other possible tools include Rhino/Grasshopper, Meshlab, Netfabb and Pepakura, as well as any CAD or Open Source software participants may find helpful in their chosen projects.

    Read more.

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  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 06:00
    Netflix Picks Up Award-Winning SXSW Documentary ‘Print the Legend’ #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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    There have been a number of folks asking how they can see the startup desktop 3D printing documentary Print the Legend since it debuted at SXSW earlier this month. Here’s your answer: coming to the (small) screen near you!

    Netflix Picks Up SXSW Documentary ‘Print the Legend’, from The Hollywood Reporter:

    Netflix has acquired the rights to documentary Print the Legend after its award-winning debut at SXSW. 

    The film, which chronicles the rapid rise of 3D printing, will premiere exclusively on Netflix later this year and will be available to stream everywhere that Netflix is available. 
    Legend, directed by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel, follows MakerBot Industries and Formlabs, two 3D printing startups as they compete with established industrial players Stratasys and 3D Systems.

    The film was produced by Steven Klein (Make Believe). The project was developed, produced and financed by Chad Troutwine (Freakonomics) and Audax Films. It took home the special jury prize for editing and storytelling in the documentary feature competition at the SXSW Film Awards earlier this month in Austin, Texas.

    “It’s so rare for a film to capture history in the making, and Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel have done just that in their skillful presentation of the elation and betrayals experienced by young entrepreneurs, detailing the groundbreaking technology of 3D printing,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vp original documentary and comedy. “This is a compelling glimpse into a game changing technology as it nears an inflection point going from the fantasy world of a few obsessed visionaries to a must-have technology that may enter every home.”

    …Lopez, Tweel and Klein said in a joint statement: “To premiere in front of the most tech savvy and entrepreneurial festival crowd in the world and partner with the Netflix documentary team — who work brilliantly at the cutting edge of distribution — is truly a dream come true.”

    Read More.

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    649-1
    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 22:00
    Glowing Oogie Boogie Costume

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    Oogie Boogie is one of the scariest Disney villains as far as I’m concerned. He’s cruel and manipulative, but he does have a cool costume. Instructables user kristylynn84 fashioned the entire costume from burlap and because the costume is loose and lumpy, it meant she could take some liberties (she didn’t use a pattern). She took the extra awesome step of making Oogie glow in the dark. Here’s how she achieved that with glowing spray paint:

    We used about 6 cans. You may want to buy 7 or 8, just to be safe, and return the last one if you don’t use it. But remember, the suit will need numerous coats, and so will the mask.

    I took him outside and made him do some slow spins as I painted him up. It’s transparent, so you can’t see what you’ve done until you hold a black light to it, once it’s dried it will activate. Yes, the paint went through and I ended up painting my husband LOL, it made a cool effect. (The can says to not get it on your skin. But he lived.)

    I would say….10-12 coats of spray paint and between those, you need to go over it with a hand-held black light to see where you’ve missed any spots.

    Read more at Instructables.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 21:07
    NEW PRODUCTS – 2.8 TFT Display with Resistive Touchscreen and 50-pin 0.5mm pitch top-contact FPC SMT Connector

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    NEW PRODUCT – 2.8 TFT Display with Resistive Touchscreen: This is a screen for advanced hackers who like the look of the TFT screen we’ve put into the PiTFT, TFT shield v2 and 2.8″ TFT breakout. This display has 320×240 pixels and is driven with the ILI9341 chipset. This is just the display module! No PCB is included! You can talk to this chip with SPI (4 or 3 wire), 8 bit parallel, or 16 bit parallel. It also can be put into “dot clock mode” for raw TTL signal in but we have never done this ourselves so there’s no example code for that.

    We’re selling this module bare for those who want to integrate it into their own project. If this is your first time working with this TFT we suggest our breakout board which makes it easy to use SPI or 8-bit interfacing and also has mounting holes, level shifting, etc.. Otherwise you can pick up one of our 50-pin FPC breakouts and an 50-pin FPC connector and solder it up by hand. For the TFT command set, the data sheet is very complete, but we also have some Arduino code you can refer to here to get started.

    A 50 pin, 0.5mm pitch, top-contact FPC connector is required to connect to this screen. We show one in the photos but it is not included! You cannot solder this connector directly to a PCB – a matching connector is required, you can pick one up here.

    The resistive touch screen is a classic ‘analog’ touch screen which requires either a micro controller with analog inputs OR the use of a touch screen controller such as this one

    In stock and shipping now!


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    NEW PRODUCT – 50-pin 0.5mm pitch top-contact FPC SMT Connector: This 50-pin FPC SMT top-contact connector fits perfectly with our 2.8″ TFT display with resistive touch screen. It is fine pitch so it is not so easy to solder! This is for expert SMT solderers.

    We suggest soldering this component to our FPC breakout board to break out all of the pins.

    In stock and shipping now!

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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 20:30
    Adafruit Arduino Selection Guide: Which Arduino is right for me? #ArduinoD14

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    Arduino Day 2014 is this Saturday March 29th. There’s still time to get started on your first Arduino project and this handy guide from the Adafruit Learning System will help you find the perfect Arduino to suit your needs. Don’t forget to tune in this Saturday at 7 PM EST for Adafruit’s LIVE show with special guest Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO of Arduino!

    There are many different Arduino and Arduino Compatible microcontroller boards. Which one is right for your needs? This guide will help you to select a board that best fits your project requirements and/or level of expertise. Whether you are just learning the ropes or have specific project requirements in mind, the Adafruit Arduino Selection Guide can help you to make the right choice.

    Read more.


    Arduino adafruit industries blog

    March 29th is Arduino Day 2014! Arduino day is “a worldwide event bringing together Arduino people and projects. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.” Adafruit will be celebrating with 24 hours of Arduino posts on our blog as well as a special Saturday night LIVE show with Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO of Arduino. Join us Saturday, March 29th at 7 PM EST to celebrate Arduino Day 2014! Be sure to check out our extensive learning system tutorials on Arduino as well as our Arduino blog coverage and products.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 18:30
    No show today! Tune in next week for Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern

    We’re not broadcasting today because Becky and Phil are both traveling, but you can catch up on past episodes of Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern in the playlist above!

    Join Becky Stern and friends every week as we delve into the wonderful world of wearables, live on YouTube. We’ll answer your questions, announce a discount code for the Adafruit store, and explore wearable components, techniques, special materials, and projects you can build at home! Ask your wearables questions in the comments, and if your question is featured on a future episode, you’ll be entered to win the show giveaway!

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 17:27
    ACE Production selective solder KISS-102IL – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

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    We are at the APEX EXPO and we are in the market for a selective soldering machine, we are looking at the ACE KISS-102IL.

    The KISS-102IL maintains the PCB stationary during the soldering process preventing components from toppling over causing “unset” inter-metallic fillets. The KISS-102IL is a fully automated selective soldering machine using the proven ‘traveling mini–solder wave”. The KISS-102IL is used to flux and solder through hole components on SMT boards within close proximity of adjacent components. The KISS-102IL overcomes the limitations of operator dependent soldering with a truly flexible automated flux application and molten solder delivery system. The KISS-102IL couples high throughput with precise process controls. The programmable features provide the tools to set all process parameters, including immersion depths, pre-heat dwells, travel distances and speeds, solder temperature and wave height. Once set, the system will repeat precisely.

    Selective soldering machine, automated in-line SMEMA, 16″ x 16″ board size. Best suited for medium board size, low-mix, highest productivity, OEM’s and high run CM’s, sequential processing.

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    Learn more & PDF.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 17:21
    SAMSUNG SM481 – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

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    We are at the APEX EXPO checking out pick and place machines, we have the SAMSUNG TECHWIN SMT SM482 and we are considering the SAMSUNG SM481.

    Advanced High Speed Flexible Mounter – As a general component placer whose vision system is reinforced based on the platform of the SM471 high speed chip shooter and whose chip placement speed is the highest among the same class component placers, the SM481 realized achip placement speed of 39,000 CPH, the highest among the same class component placers, by applying a head with one gantry and ten spindles as well as new flying vision and by maximizing the pickup and placement motion.
    In addition, it is applicable up to 0402 chips and 42mm ICs. It has improved actual productivity and placement quality by applying high speed and high precision electrically driven feeders. Furthermore, since it is designed to be compatible with SM series pneumatic feeders, it maximizes the customer’s operational convenience.

    • 39,000 CPH(Optimum)
    • 1 Gantry x 10 Spindles/Head
    • Applicable part: 0402 ~ 42mm(H 15mm)
    • Applicable PCB: 460(L) x 400(W)(Standard)
    • Max. 740(L) x 460(W)(Option)
    • High speed, high precision and electrically driven feeder
    • Automatic pick-up position alignment function
    • Compatible with SM pneumatic feeders
    • New vacuum system and optimized pickup/placement motion SMART Feeder
    • World’s first Auto Splicing and Auto Loading

    Learn more & PDF.


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    Here’s our SAMSUNG TECHWIN SMT SM482.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 17:10
    Europlacer IINEO II- APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

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    We are at the APEX EXPO and we are considering a Europlacer pick and place. We really like the IINEO II – it’s FAST.

    Europlacer’s Integrated IntelligenceTM is defined by the fact that the Pick and Place machines have been designed to be flexible from the outset. All aspects of the machine architecture (axis configuration, feeder inventory, turret head technology, software control, programming system, etc) have been designed to work together with intelligent feeders in a changing environment – this is truly Integrated IntelligenceTM.
    As a result, Europlacer Surface Mount machines release usable productivity in day-to-day performance.

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    Learn morePDF here.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 17:07
    NEW PRODUCT – Black Shortening microSD adapter for Raspberry Pi & Macbooks

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    NEW PRODUCT – Black Shortening microSD adapter for Raspberry Pi & Macbooks: Adding shortening to a Pi makes it fatter – but this kind of shortening makes your Pi a little slimmer! This black short-style microSD adapter slides in where the SD card goes but is 9mm shorter. This makes it stick out a lot less and makes for a more elegant (and less accident-prone) Pi. All you have to do is pop in a microSD card for a sleeker machine! The outer edge of the SD adapter has a deep grove for a fingernail to pull on for removal.

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    Because its just a shorter microSD adapter, this short microSD adapter will work in any Raspberry Pi case (our, other, low-profile microSD adapter card is a bit thicker and doesn’t work in all cases, including the Adafruit Pi case and PiBows). Protrudes from edge of Raspberry Pi 8mm when installed.

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    This microSD adapter also worked great in our Macbook pro – load it up with a 64 microSD card and you’ve got a ton more storage, but without the sticking-out of a normal sized SD.

    MicroSD card and Raspberry Pi NOT INCLUDED

    In stock and shipping now!

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 17:02
    HAKKO! @HakkoUSA – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

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    We are at the APEX EXPO and we ran in to our friends at HAKKO, they have a fantastic booth where you can solder up a cute robot badge right there.

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    Digital Genuine Hakko FX-888D (936 upgrade) – FX-888D. Known by engineers for making excellent quality tools & soldering irons! This is a genuine Hakko FX-888D with digital temperature control! This iron is an upgrade to the venerable Hakko 936 – smaller footprint but more powerful for a faster heat up time.

    The Hakkos have quality construction, this iron is the last one you’ll need for decades. Heats up in 30 seconds, with a calibrated temperature control knob gives precision heat to minimize cold solder joints. Once you know you’re on the path of electronics, this is the iron you’ll want beside you on your desk.

    The new Digital version has a display in either Fahrenheit or Centigrade (customer adjustable), so you can set the temperature as well as see the current tip temp.

    In our store!


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:53
    Vitronics Soltec XPM3 – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

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    We are at the APEX Expo and we are in the market for an additional reflow oven, we are checking out the Vitronics Soltec XPM3.

    The Vitronics Soltec XPM3 product platform is the latest evolution in a long history of reflow systems that have proven their capability worldwide and established a reputation for superior reliability. Robust design combined with a unique heat transfer system consistently deliver benchmark thermal performance, precise process control, and superior value for high production in a 24/7 environment.

    Key Standard Features:

    • Autoset_logo_mini_inline.jpg profile/recipe generator
    • 350°C maximum setpoint temperature
    • Lifetime warranty on heaters and blowers
    • Flux Flow Control™ flux evacuation system
    • Patented individual Cell Inlet and Exhaust™ enables optimized gas flow management
    • Active forced convection top and bottom cooling cells
    • Easy to maintain cooling zones

    Key Optional Features:

    • Advanced controlled cooling
    • Nitrogen atmosphere with true air switching and quick purge
    • CAMX host communication software
    • Stack filter
    • Dual lane with independent lane speed control
    • Condensing gas recirculation system
    • Bar code traceability system

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    Learn morePDF here.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:48
    littleBits Projects: Remote Control Anything With Wireless Modules

    This is part of an on-going series of posts about littleBits projects. littleBits is available in the Adafruit store – Starter Kit, Extended Kit, Base Kit, Deluxe Kit, and Synth Kit.

    Feel like you need a little space? Gather up your favorite littleBits inputs and outputs, connect ‘em to the wireless receiver and wireless transmitter and your world of [project] possibilities opens waaay up – up to one hundred feet! Never before have two little modules had such a huge impact on your inventions.

    The combination of the wireless transmitter and wireless receiver acts as a very long wire module (without the wire!). A signal that passes through the wireless transmitter on one circuit and comes out though the wireless receiver on a second circuit. So, to enable wireless capabilities, you always need two circuits – one to send signals and the other to receive them. For those who are interested in how the signal is transmitted via 2.4GHz radiowave, check out this link.

    Check out the following awesome projects made using the wireless modules:

    Remote Controlled Parachute Deployer

    This parachute bag opens when its servo is triggered by littleBits wireless modules. Throw the parachute bag from a high place (be careful!) and with the push of a button, deploy the parachute in midair. Go from freefall to floating wirelessly!

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    Remote Control Facetime Car

    Using a pair of wireless modules, a couple DC motors, a servo, and 2 smartphones, you can explore the unknown — like Mars or under the couch! Here is a solution for a future astronaut or a person desperate for a quarter. Set up a videocall between two smartphones and place one on the vehicle and one in the controller. Slide dimmers on the controller to steer the vehicle and control the gripper arm. Drive your vehicle wherever you like and feel like you are riding along.

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    Wireless Doorbell Synthesizer

    Turn your doorbell into an interactive wireless instrument! Let guests play a tune on the keyboard from the outside, wirelessly transmitting signals to the inside, where you are able to modify the sound from the speaker using oscillators and an envelope. This combination of synth and wireless modules adds a whole new level of fun to ringing a doorbell.

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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:46
    RPS Automation Selective soldering – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

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    We are at the APEX Expo and we are in the market for a selective soldering station, we stopped at RPS Automation to check out their machines!

    What is selective soldering?

    Selective soldering uses traveling flux and miniwave technology to apply a precise amount of flux and solder to select through hole components terminations on a printed circuit board (PCB). RPS uses several types of XYZ axis configurations to articulate the soldering miniwave beneath the circuit board.

    RPS designs and manufacturers a complete line of high precision automated selective soldering systems. All RPS systems perform precise dip, drag and dip soldering using innovative RPS Gaussian MiniWave Nozzles™ and high durability spray, jet and ultrasonic flux nozzles; both nozzles articulate below the PCB. Solder management systems can be hot-swapped for lead and lead-free processing in the same system.

    RPS offers the widest range of process capabilities in the industry. From space saving 12 x 12” (300 x 300mm) systems to the largest native processing range in the industry at 24 x 24” (600 x 600mm).

    We are considering the “Rhythm Slide”Learn morePDF here.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:29
    MYDATA MY500 Jet Printer – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

    Jetprinter
    Also at the MYDATA booth, the MY500 Jet Printer, this is a really cool machine, it’s like an ink jet printer but for solder paste, so no custom stencil required. This is perfect for companies like Adafruit because we have a lot of designs and we would not need to store or wait for stencils. Just load in a gerber and press print :) Very cool!

    Now you can take a customer’s order in the morning and deliver finished boards in the afternoon.
    Forget waiting for stencils. With jet printing, it’s now possible to prepare jobs in minutes instead of days. If you do 2-3 setups a day, using more than 50 stencils a year, you’ll quickly understand the benefits. If you also have customers calling for last-minute changes, you’ll understand even better.

    Completely software driven, a jet printer can easily apply solder paste or SMA onto complex and challenging boards with high precision. You can achieve perfect results for QFNs, pin-in-paste, package-on-package and other new applications – such as jetting into a board cavity. No more trade-offs due to stencil limitations. With jet printing, you never have to compromise on solder joint quality.

    Now in use in more than 25 countries worldwide, the MY500 Jet Printer is sparking a movement for change in the electronics industry.

    • 30 000 cph equivalent
    • Preparing a new job in minutes
    • Optimizing paste volumes for each solder joint
    • Quick last-minute revisions
    • No cleaning or manual adjustments
    • POP and 3D capability

    Learn more, specs and more.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:15
    MYDATA 200DX – APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

    My200Dx
    We are at APEX Expo and considering adding another pick and place to our line, this year we visited the MYDATA booth and checked out their new MY200 series.

    The old days of predictable orders and uniform batch sizes are over. To succeed today you need to manage last-minute customer demands and disruptive peaks in production. In this environment, new opportunities depend on a solution that’s not just faster, but more agile. One that uses smarter material handling and information management to make you more responsive and get more jobs done, day after day.

    With the MY200 series pick-and-place machines, there’s no need to make the usual trade-offs between speed and flexibility. With the fastest changeovers in the industry and workcell solutions reaching speeds of up to 180,000 cph, you can have both. All in one complete solution, with one integrated set of data and one tracking system for all components. Because the race to get ahead is no longer about machine cycle time. It’s about responding to your customers’ needs with the fastest, most agile solution on the market. Period.

    • Top speed 40 000 cph
    • Feeder capacity up to 160
    • Reliability for 24/7 production
    • Fast set-ups and changeovers
    • All-in-one platform
    • Reconfigurable to MY200HX

    Adafruit 2799

    Learn morefull specs here.


    What is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Adafruitapex
    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

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