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    3D Printed Optics with Printoptical Technology

    Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is the next big thing, throughout different industries. It certainly has benefits in comparison with more traditional manufacturing methods. However, printing optics is a real challenge with a 3D printer....
  • Each pattern piece was cut individually using the Coherent METAbeam 400

    Laser Cutting Tool Empowers the Maker Movement

    Over the past decade, the so-called “Maker Culture” has emerged as a significant movement of individuals who take the DIY (do it yourself) approach to an amazing extreme, creating everything from fine art pieces to aerial drones. Three...
  • In logistics applications, ToF cameras could be employed in a vision-based robotic palletizing system Image courtesy of Axium

    Time of Flight Cameras Take on Industrial Applications

    In the past, systems integrators were faced with a limited set of choices when considering how to build vision systems to capture three-dimensional images of objects. Either they could deploy a passive triangulation system with two cameras, or an...
  • Biophotonics helps see into the body

    Light Technologies Offer a View into the Body

    The United Nations proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies to help bring attention to the vital role of light and in our lives and the many technological advances that rely on light. In medicine, doctors use...
  • Retail lighting applications are becoming more complex and demanding now that cost-effective, high-performance LED options are available

    Chip-On-Board LED Lighting Products Making a Difference

    Retail lighting applications are becoming more complex and demanding now that cost-effective, high-performance LED options are available. The market currently includes ambient lighting used for general illumination, colored lighting to achieve...
  • The first scientific revolution 2300 years ago created something never seen in natureburning combustibles by sunlight

    Photovoltaics: A 2300-year history

    While many people think of photovoltaics and solar energy as a fad that started in the 70s, it actually began 2300 years ago when Greek geometricians applied mathematics to produce technology that created something never seen in nature –...
  • High-resolution infrared chemical image of a colon tissue section

    Quantum Cascade Lasers Shine a New Light on Infrared Microscopy

    Infrared microscopy is a well-established technique to visualize and identify the varying chemical content across a sample. The technique leverages the fundamental molecular absorptions in the mid-infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to...

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