Stratosmith to exhibit at NASA KSC Industry Day Expo

expoStratosmith Technologies will be exhibiting at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Industry Day Expo on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Cruise Terminal Building #3 in Port Canaveral, FL. Our engineers will be showcasing some of Stratosmith’s unique capabilities and cost-effective solutions in mechanical engineering design, analysis, and development.

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule a meeting at this event. For more information about the Expo, please visit the KSC Expo website.

Stratosmith Now Offering Free Technical Consultations

Excellence in customer service is central to our business and a key value of every member of the Stratosmith Technologies team. We know that project success is as critical to our customers as it is to our own success, and we work with you to achieve your technology and innovation goals.

As part of our dedication to our customers, current and future, we are now offering free, individual consultation sessions with a member of our technical staff to refine concepts, define project goals, provide manufacturing tips, or just chat about the newest technologies and the many innovations we want to see brought from concept to reality.

Schedule a free, no obligation technical consultation with one of our experienced design engineers today and find the optimum solution to your engineering needs! Click the button below to get started, or contact us directly. We look forward to working with you!

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Stratosmith Technologies to attend DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013

Robot wavingWe 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!

Stratosmith Technologies to attend Unmanned Systems event in Jacksonville, FL

Robot_HandshakeWe 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

 

First Parts Built on HighRPM!

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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!

The Next Generation of Aerospace Technology: SR-72

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

And here: http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_11_04_2013_p18-631880.xml&p=1

Robotics Spotlight: Making Robots Walk

There is an incredible amount of research and development in the world of robotics towards engineering walking robots. Robots with legs are a creative technical solution to the problems faced by most robots using wheels or treads: limited or no mobility over rough obstacles and uneven terrain. As robotic technology advances and new applications are developed, the need for rugged systems able to traverse complex terrain increases. Composite materials are used to make lightweight, robust, and strong robotic structures and components, enabling varying properties to be engineered into different locations of individual parts, a characteristic of many biomechanical structures. Bipedal or quadrupedal locomotion is effective in dealing with obstacles and variable terrain, and the biomechanical structures and processes present in humans and animals are providing valuable clues towards engineering walking robots.

Check out Oregon State University’s walking robot research here: http://machinedesign.com/robotics/getting-robots-walk

Rapid Prototyping Spotlight: Robotic Bat Wing

The researchers at Brown University have built and tested a robotic bat wing fabricated with rapid prototyping technology. This bat wing is being used to learn more about the structures, aerodynamics, and kinematics of bats in flight. The robotic bat wing is instrumented to determine the forces on the various joints in the wing and measure changes in energy expenditure for different flapping speeds and flight speeds – information that cannot be obtained from a living animal.

Check it out at http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2013/02/robobat.

Rapid Prototyping Spotlight: Prosthetic Hands

We found a really cool application of rapid prototyping technology on the Machine Design website: prosthetic hands. These fully mechanical hands can be customized to fit any individual – from adult to small child, and use around $200 worth of material and parts, rather than over $10,000 for a conventional custom prosthesis.

Check it out here: http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printing-creates-low-cost-prosthetic-fingers.