We will be attending the 2014 Miami International Boat Show on February 14-15 2014. Our engineers will be meeting with an international group of marine manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and end-users to evaluate the newest technologies in the marine industry and provide innovative solutions to our customers. It will be a beautiful and informative weekend in Miami, and we hope to see you there!
Stratosmith Technologies has just received our new 3D scanner! Our engineers are busy learning its ins and outs while integrating it into our systems. Out of the box, we can measure at a .050″ resolution, with improvements coming as we learn. The system is flexible, allowing us to measure items small enough to hold in your hand and items the size of boats and aircraft. We will be able to connect to a laptop and walk around to collect point cloud data, or scan an object sitting on a table, then export that data to a solid CAD model, modify the geometry (if required), send it to the Stratosmith Technologies HighRPM for rapid prototyping, or to one of our expert manufacturing partners for machining. This is an exceedingly useful technology for customers with legacy hardware, or for parts or components where original design and manufacturing documentation is not available.
Keep checking back! We’ll post more data in the near future as we integrate the 3D scanner into our systems.
Stratosmith Technologies will be attending the AERODEF 2014 Manufacturing Summit and Exhibition in Long Beach, California from February 25-27. Our engineers and management will be meeting with other innovative companies in the aerospace and defense industries in order to bring the best technologies and solutions to our customers. From innovative rapid prototyping materials and methods to improved machining and fabrication processes, we will be evaluating materials, processes, and manufacturing methods to decrease costs, expedite manufacturing, and deliver products engineered to succeed in challenging applications. Find out more about AERODEF at http://www.aerodefevent.com/. We hope to see you there!
We had a great time at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems Event in Jacksonville, FL. Several professionals from the broad spectrum of UAV manufacturers, integrators, and end users spoke on the myriad applications of unmanned aircraft systems. UAVs are certainly much more than tools for military or law enforcement use as is commonly seen in movies and video games. In fact, some of the first UAVs built in the mid-1990s were for locating offshore tuna schools to maximize fishing yields.
New uses of UAVs to support agricultural endeavors, such as monitoring crops for disease, stress, growth, and yields, are bringing powerful technology into the hands of farmers and researchers. Did you know that several types of tree increase their canopy temperature by 1-2 degrees when stressed from lack of water? This is the first symptom of stress, before wilting leaves or any other visual clue, and perceivable by a UAV with an infrared camera flying over the field. Irrigation can be modified prior to any additional stress or damage to the plant, since the watering issue can be detected prior to any visual sign of distress.
The field of UAV research is much broader than aerodynamics or aviation applications. UAV and other autonomous systems are versatile and innovative platforms for numerous technologies across industries and disciplines, and an exciting area for research, development, and commercial opportunities.
We will be attending the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge in Homestead, FL on December 20, 2013. Robots (and their humans) from around the world will be competing for a $2 Million prize. The Challenge: demonstrate the dexterity, ruggedness, mobility, and intelligence of partially autonomous robots in disaster recovery and situations too hazardous for humans to successfully operate.
Find out more about the challenge here: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/
Admission is free and open to the public. Come out for a day and see some of the world’s most innovative robots compete in person. We hope to see you there!
We will be attending the AUVSI Unmanned Systems event in Jacksonville, Florida on December 17, 2013. Presentations and panelists will be discussing the role of robots and other unmanned systems in disaster response, public service, agricultural, marine, and commercial applications.
Learn more about the Unmanned Systems event here: >http://www.auvsi.org/Events1/EventDescription/?CalendarEventKey=768ddaf6-f7c3-4880-b11a-7c4e673a6adb
We have built our first parts with the Stratosmith Technologies HighRPMTM! The HighRPMTM is a Rapid Prototyping Machine built in-house here at Stratosmith Technologies. The four corner bracket parts, seen above, were built with black ABS. The HighRPMTM has a build volume of 708 cubic inches, and can build parts as large as 8.5 x 11.25 x 7.25 inches in a single run. From CAD model to finished parts, it took less than 3 hours to bring these parts to life. Now that’s Accelerated Manufacturing!
Download our Accelerated Engineering and Manufacturing brochures, and decorate your desktop with one of our new Stratosmith Technologies desktop wallpapers, all available for free download!
Check it out here: http://www.stratosmith.net/about/media
Lockheed Martin has announced that it is developing a successor to the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft – the highest, fastest air breathing aircraft ever. The SR-72 will be even faster than its predecessor, flying at speeds of up to Mach 6. Lockheed Martin is once again at the forefront of flight, and will be developing some amazing new technology to handle the arduous aerodynamic, thermal, and control system challenges to build this hypersonic aircraft and have it ready for continuous operation in the next 15 years.
Lockheed is working with Aerojet Rocketdyne on development of the aircraft’s combined cycle powerplant – a turbo-scramjet capable of propelling the unmanned SR-72 into history.
Check it out here: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/features/2013/sr-72.html