You may not have been following what will be going on at the American Chemical Society’s 2014 International Elastomer Conference running from October 14 – 16 in Nasheville, TN on your radar before, but you will probably want to after Nanotronics Imaging reveals what it has brought to the meeting: the nSPEC9® 3D.
No, this is not yet another boy band to make its debut on the pop scene via an elastomer conference. Instead, it is a piece of equipment that can capture 3D images on the nanoscale at the click of a mouse. It does this by harnessing the image purity of optical lenses and combining that with advanced computer pattern recognition algorithms. And, as if that weren’t enough, its housing is comprised of custom 3D printed hardware embedded with artificial intelligence.
Nanotronics is not new to the high tech scene. The company’s current portfolio includes the nSPEC® a fully automated, wafer analysis optical inspection system and the nPath® which is an automated, rapid scanning optical microscope. Nanotronics’ CEO, Matthew Putnam who boasts a PhD in Applied Physics and a position on the faculty of Columbia University, described the value of this latest innovation:
“Our solution will allow a host of industries, including industrial materials, semiconductors, and even biopharmaceuticals, to access sophisticated imaging that can improve their ability to produce and manipulate advanced materials quickly and efficiently.”
Not only is the technology impressive, the machine itself is a striking aesthetic experience. This is something that looks as if it might be found in the laboratory at the university of whatever planet ‘Alien’ came from. It was designed by Mari Kussman and Francis Bitonti, renowned fashion and product designers from New York, who helped the team at Nanotronics, not only with the microscope’s surface but also to push the boundaries of its functionality and agility.
The nSPEC 3D was not only the product of science and design, it has been used by artists, such as the multi-disciplinary Bruno Levy to explore new visuals and new media for expression. More conventionally, Flow Polymers has been an early user of the product as part of its process for improving the performance of its chemical dispersions.
“For three decades, Flow Polymers has produced additives and rubber chemical dispersions to improve mix quality and compound properties,” stated Michael Ivany, CEO of Flow Polymers. “We are excited by Nanotronics Imaging’s development of the nSPEC® 3D, as this instrument has the potential to help the industry optimize product performance, service life and uniformity. Until now we have not been able to identify an instrument that could adequately quantify the quality of mix.”
Booth #503 at the conference is sure to garner a great deal of interest as Nanotronics demonstrates Oculus Virtual Reality and Leap Motion gesture control to manipulate the 3D landscapes its latest creation can capture. Are you headed to this conference? Let us know your thoughts on this incredible technology in the 3D Printed Nanotronics Microscope forum thread on 3DPB.com.
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on all the latest news from the 3D printing industry and receive information and offers from third party vendors.
You May Also Like
3DPOD Episode 151: Large Format Polymer 3D Printing with Max Heres, Loci Robotics
Before starting Loci Robotics, Max Heres had a storied history beginning with the study of polymer physics before working as a graduate research assistant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and...
3DPOD Episode 150: 3D Printing Qualification with Humna Khan, Founder of ASTRO Mechanical Testing Lab
Hunma Khan founded Astro Mechanical Testing Lab to create a testing and qualification lab specific to Additive Manufacturing. Her customers are most of the notable firms in New Space, defense...
3DPOD Episode 149: 3D Printed Consumer Goods with Ian Yang, Gantri Founder
Ian Yang is the founder of Gantri, a startup which uses desktop 3D printers to make lamps. We love Gantri because it deploys 3D printing for consumer products and is...
Printing Money Episode 3: Troy Jensen, Lake Street Capital, Discusses Public 3D Printing Stocks
Special guest Troy Jensen, Senior Research Analyst with Lake Street Capital Markets, joins Alex and Danny for a closer look at some of the biggest publicly listed 3d printing companies....
Upload your 3D Models and get them printed quickly and efficiently.