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RS Components augments rapid-prototyping product portfolio RS Components has added the Ultimaker 2 3D printer to its growing range of rapid-prototyping machines. Reselling for £1575.00, the desktop 3D printer employs fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and targets electronics and mechanical engineers involved in design, prototyping and research and development, as well as enthusiasts and students. Manufactured from premium parts and materials the latest version of the Ultimaker 3D printer, compared to its previous incarnation, now adds a heated bed, which smoothens the print output, allows for ABS material printing and also prevents warping. The printer offers a print speed of up to 300mm/s and a layer resolution of only 20 microns or 0.02mm. RS Components www.rs-components.com Farnell element14 backs kickstarter project Robox Farnell element14 is now stocking Robox’ 3D printer. Retailing for £849.90, the unit features a proprietary dual-head print nozzle design for improved print speeds (up to three times as fast as competing printers, according to the distributor). One nozzle is designed to print in detail, while the other is able to ‘fill in’ larger areas at much higher speeds. The Robox’s needle-valve system stops ‘ooze’ and ‘stringing’ from the nozzles, ensuring speed and quality. The Robox can print super-fine 0.02mm layers. Robox users can also pause a print part-way through and swap out the filament being used – allowing for multi-colour 3D printing. Farnell www.premierfarnell.com Astute launches Electromech division with key franchises Astute Electronics, a supplier of electronic components and value added services, has launched a franchised electromechanical division to complement its brokerage activities. Heading up the new electromechanical division is Gary Evans who has many years in international sales and marketing roles at leading connector companies including Deutsch, ITT and Harwin. The division launches with six significant franchises: Amphenol, Airborn, Delphi, Fischer, Positronic and Quell. The initial manufacturing partners, explains Evans, have been chosen for the innovative products and technologies they offer, plus their applicability to Astute’s key customer base, which includes many of the world’s leading defence and high-reliability companies. Astute Electronics www.astute.co.uk Ginsbury Electronics brings Kyocera’s TFT LCDs to Europe Displays specialist Ginsbury is now stocking Kyocera’s 7.0-inch TFT display featuring a fully integrated On-cell touch panel. The TCG070WVLR*PC*-GD*118 is offered with an On-cell projected capacitive touch panel. The touch panel cover glass, touch sensor and controller are fully integrated into the display module to yield a thin, lightweight LCD panel which provides superior light transmission and improved optical performance. An On-cell touch panel differs from a bonded projective capacitive touch panel in its mechanical construction, in that the cover glass and touch sensor are fully integrated into the LCD cell, thus enabling a reduction in overall module thickness and weight. Production process costs are also reduced as there is no additional optical bonding required following the final assembly of the display module. Ginsbury Electronics www.ginsbury.co.uk Mouser launch design contest around NXP’s dual PCB configurable logic At electronica, NXP Semiconductors N.V. introduced its line of multi-gate, multifunction, dual PCB configurable logic devices with Schmitt-trigger inputs. By offering more flexibility in the combinations of logic functions that can be achieved, the configurable logic allows design flexibility, reduced inventory cost and faster qualification in customer’s applications. The dual configurable logic devices combine two or more different functions in a single package, separately configurable, hence offering readily-available glue logic. At the heart of the Big I.D.E.A. (International Design Engineering Award) challenge, sponsored by NXP and Mouser, is the Dual PCB Configurable Logic product line together with products from other NXP Business Units. Mouser www.thebigidea2015.com Plessey extends European distribution network with Syscom Electronique Plessey has entered into a distribution agreement with Syscom Electronique, an electronics distributor headquartered close to Paris, to expand Plessey’s European network with coverage in the France and Tunisia markets for its GaN-on-Silicon LED products. Regis du Manoir, President of Syscom,said: “Plessey’s advanced LED technology will help Syscom’s customers to successfully develop and market distinctive and innovative solutions. We believe Plessey’s solutions can give French customers an edge in the highly competitive LED lighting market place.” David Owen, Plessey’s Marketing Director, explained: “Syscom Electronique has a dedicated team working in the lighting segment and therefore a considerable knowledge of the growing French lighting industry and customer base which will accelerate the time to market for Plessey GaN-on-Silicon LEDs in this region.” Plessey www.plesseysemiconductors.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe December 2014 49


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