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Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.

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Upcoming and Archived Classes

3D Printing Trends in Manufacturing - Sponsored by Stratasys

Oct 29, 201411:00am EDT
3D printed parts are strong and durable enough to be used as end-use products. Jack Stubbs is proving this by 3D printing anatomically accurate mannequins to be used in medical training. Listen in as he describes how 3D printing end-use parts has changed the way the University of Minnesota Medical School is teaching students.
Oct 28, 201411:00am EDT
Additive manufacturing can drastically reduce costs and accelerate delivery when substituted for current methods of making jigs and fixtures. Learn more when David Baker, President of Worxsimple, discusses how his company is using 3D printing in its work cycle.

The Design of Hydraulic Systems - Sponsored by Gates Corporation

Oct 28, 20142:00pm EDT
This class introduces a qualitative, comparative study between hydro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic control solutions. Various points of view will be considered in the study, such as system smartness, compactness, remote control, cost effectiveness, seamless control, and energy efficiency.

Deliver Roadworthy Designs: Safeguard Automotive Electronics Technologies with Proper Circuit Protection - Sponsored by Littelfuse

Oct 16, 20142:00pm EDT
Test standards have been established by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Component Technical Committee and other regulatory organizations to provide strict guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing vehicles. Learn more about the various standards designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related automotive electronics circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
Oct 15, 20142:00pm EDT
In modern automotive designs, all on-board electronics are connected to the battery and alternator. Due to its instability, the alternator output requires further conditioning before it can be used to power other systems. Protecting the vehicle's performance and safety systems are vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of the driver and passengers. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications - under the hood and in the cabin - identifying the problems and best solutions.
Oct 14, 20142:00pm EDT
Today's automotive designs include nearly 100 microprocessors; the number of processors is expected to double in 5 years. All on-board electronics – from in-dash displays to the latest connected technologies – all need circuit protection. This session addresses the automotive electronics market and the answers to these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to automotive electronics? What are the issues designers should be aware of in the development of their designs?

Getting Started With SoC FPGAs (FPGAs With On-Chip Processors) - Sponsored by Altera

Oct 2, 20142:00pm EDT
Modern SoC FPGAs can be used as platforms for 'C' language-based software development to further hide 'hardware' details from the software-centric developer. Tools such as SDK for OpenCL promote software-centric design and result in implementations that exploit both hard CPUs and fabric-based accelerators. An example design for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) will be used to illustrate the tool flow 'C' based development.
Oct 1, 20142:00pm EDT
This class will show how SoC FPGAs can be used as IP integration platforms, delivering enhanced flexibility to the software developer. Hard IP for processors, peripherals, and memory can be combined with soft (fabric) resources for additional peripherals and algorithm acceleration. Example applications in motor control and automotive drive train controllers will illustrate how easy it is to create the optimal target platform for embedded software development.
Sep 30, 20142:00pm EDT
This class provides an overview of the capabilities of SoC FPGAs and how they can be used as a familiar development platform for embedded software. The additional flexibility that SoC FPGAs have over traditional MCUs and CPUs makes them much more efficient for integrating IP and accelerating algorithm performance. SoC FPGAs can help reduce overall system cost and risk.

Plastic Bearings Can (and Do) Outperform Metal Bearings - Sponsored by igus

Aug 14, 20142:00pm EDT
Problem-solving day: Plastics can solve some really complex problems in the trickiest applications. Learn about a range of tricks and tools that are available to help find the solution to bearing issues in your applications. Discover a range of free tools and databases that can help discover the best solution for applications with special considerations and requirements.
Aug 13, 20142:00pm EDT
Plastic bearings can be found in everything from sterile lab equipment to heavy-duty offshore equipment. Discover a range of plastic bearing materials and geometries that suit this wide array of applications. From hot to cold, and occasional light-duty movements to constant, extremely heavy loads, there's a plastic material developed to conquer just about anything.
Aug 12, 20142:00pm EDT
You may be surprised to hear the applications that are taking advantage of plastic bearings. While metal may still win out in some cases, plastic bearings can be just as effective and reliable as metals, if not more so. Learn the differences in technologies and how to decide which material is best for the task at hand.

How to Select Drives for Robotic Applications - Sponsored by maxon precision motors

May 1, 20142:00pm EDT
The next step in complexity is combining several axes to perform a coordinated motion. This class reviews the different concepts that can be used. The motion control example for a delta robot illustrates how high-level multi-axes control can be achieved.
Apr 30, 20142:00pm EDT
This class starts with a short review on DC motor design types and their properties. We will look at the operational limits of DC motors and their behavior. A practical motor selection example will illustrate what we have learned up to this point.
Apr 29, 20142:00pm EDT
This class will provide a framework for drive selection. We will review the general requirements of drives used in robotic systems. We will deal systematically with the selection criteria of an individual axis, including power and mechanics, as well as control and environmental aspects.