With a global housing crisis on our hands – particularly an undersupply in England, where we’re also suffering from a skills shortage in the construction industry – there’s high demand for new-build properties that are built swiftly, to high quality and at a lower cost.
It wasn’t too long ago that 3D printing was perceived as a thing of the far-off future. Just take yourself back to 2001 when “the future of palaeontology” was presented to movie-goers when a 3D-printed sculpted the resonating chamber of a Velociraptor in the blockbuster flick Jurassic Park III. As space-age as it was then, off screen in real life, 3D printing has come on leaps and bounds in a short space of time.
There’s an endless list of difficulties to encounter when working in underwater environments, especially for imaging and photography applications. Whether it’s a handheld underwater camera for professional, beautifully captured aquatic wildlife photography or a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that’s kitted out with all the imaging equipment to deliver vital information back to shore, humans and machines often share the same visual complications when diving into the deep.
You may know them best for their original use in lighthouses, where they’re famously recognised as “the invention that saved a million ships”. Or perhaps you initially think of their employment in traffic light design, where they’re used for the same inherent advantages. But, in recent years, Fresnel Lenses, and their unique characteristics, have been recognised and tapped into by a different sector – the virtual reality (VR) industry.
Looking ahead to the next advancement, Industry 5.0, we’re set to see more joint operations than ever before, with robots, quite literally, working hand in hand with humans.
There are big plans for the metaverse in the coming years, with many metaverse companies on the rise. It is set to revolutionise how we live, and there’s so much confidence in the technology that the leading social platform, Facebook, rebranded itself to ‘Meta’, affirming its dedication to the immersive virtual world.
At Knight Optical, we work with a variety of subsea companies on everything from high-precision optical components for cameras and lights through to lasers, sensors and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs).
night Optical – an international, leading supplier of high-precision, metrology-tested optical components – works with a diverse range of global laser manufacturers. Here, the optics specialist runs through several varieties of optical lasers, highlighting the applications you’ll be able to find them in and the optical components that are used in their operations.
Optical Components are manufactured from a wide range of substrates, and the very materials they’re fabricated from dictate their suitability for specific tasks. Here, Knight Optical – the leading supplier of metrology-tested, custom-made optics – explores some of the most common substrates that are used for IR applications in its books and lists some of their typical uses
What are the latest trends dominating the robotics and automation world? Are robots still in demand? Where are these awe-inspiring automated technologies headed? And what optical components are used in robotics? Here, Knight Optical answers these questions and offers its view on the future of the forward-thinking sector.