Nano drone with a "brain"Click image to enlarge

Engineers in Europe have built the world’s smallest autonomous rotor drone equipped with a neural network running on just 1/100th of a watt.

An article in Fast Company says the project is a critical step in the push to develop fleets of self-navigating nano-drones – the term means drones of four inches or less across.
Researchers from Italy and Switzerland equipped a Crazyflie 2.0 drone – a model popular with hackers – with a camera, processor and customized neural network that consumes less than one per cent of the 27 gram vehicle’s power supply. The circuit board for the electronics weighs in at 5 grams, adding almost nothing to the drone’s weight and minimizing the drain on the drone’s battery.
The drone’s “brain” uses a new mobile processor called GAP8, which contains eight processing cores optimized for AI applications such as image recognition and analysis. GAP8 is based on the RISC-V variant of the RISC microchip architecture, which saves power by running a lot of simple operations rather than a smaller number of more complex ones. A couple of months ago the inventors of RISC received the Turing Award, sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of computing.
Read more details about the project here.

A thousandth 1000

The TRUMPF factory in Hettingen, Germany, recently produced its thousandths TruPunch 1000 punchining machine. Completed in December 2014, the machine was delivered to a customer in the US.

Burloak and Kinectrics team up on additive manufacturing for nuclear power

Burloak Technologies Inc. and Kinectrics are going to collaborate on developing additively manufactured parts for the global nuclear power generation industry.

New solid carbide drill facility for Walter USA

Walter USA will assume governance of the round tool production unit in Greer, SC through an intra-company transfer within the Sandvik Group.

Manufacturing leads August jobs rebound

Employment rose by 246,000 in August, compared with 419,000 in July, according to the latest jobs data from Statistics Canada.

CWB launches national welding program

The Canadian Welding Bureau Group (CWB Group) has launched a national welding program to standardize welding education in Canada and help to fill the skilled trades gap by developing a new generation of highly skilled welders.

Machine vision sales up 10% in Q1, 2013

Total machine vision sales in North America grew ten per cent year-over-year for the first quarter of 2013, according to new statistics from AIA, the industry’s trade group.

Absolute gets North American exclusive for Precihole

Absolute Machine Tools, Lorain, OH, has been appointed the exclusive North American (including Canada) importer for deep hole drilling machines from Precihole Machine Tools Ltd., based in Mumbai, India.

John Dewar new sales manager at Mitutoyo

John Dewar has been named sales manager, effective April 2013 for Mitutoyo Canada Inc., Mississauga, ON.

Ontario's energy costs driving manufacturers out

As Ontario's energy costs continue to rise, more manufacturers are looking outside of the province to invest according to the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers of Ontario.

Mazak congratulates Team Penske NASCAR win

Mazak Corp., a Team Penske technical sponsor, congratulates owner Roger Penske, driver Joey Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion on winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, securing the team's second Cup Series title.

Joint machine tool open house draws crowds

The Joint Open House, an annual event organized by Canadian machine tool distributors, was once again, a big success among manufacturers drawn to the event to see the more than 60 CNC machine tools under power.

Manufacturing for charity

A Saskatchewan shop builds an innovative truck to raise funds for a children’s hospital

by Mary Scianna

It began as a team building exercise at Industrial Machine & Manufacturing Ltd. (IMM), Saskatoon, SK and ended up becoming a fundraiser to build a long awaited children’s hospital in Saskatoon. 

Investissement Québec loans $7.5 million to manufacturing SMEs

Investissement Québec’s Productivity Innovation Initiative has announced a $7.5 million loan to aerospace supplier APN Global and Liggo, a startup that develops production management technology.

Gene Haas Foundation gives US$40K scholarship grant to NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) has received a US$40,000 (CDN$49,797) scholarship grant cheque from the Gene Haas Foundation.

CGTech joins Okuma's Partners in THINC

CGTech, a developer of CNC software for simulations, verification, optimization and analysis technology for the manufacturing industry, has joined Partners in THINC, a network of 40 indusry suppliers using a commom open architecture platform, PC-based THINC OSP control to bring innovative solutions to manufacturers.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn