Rapid Prototyping: Increasing Proficiency in Design


Rapid prototyping is the group of techniques/technologies available to engineers to create a three-dimensional scale model of a physical part or assemble them using 3D CAD data.

RP is greatly broadening the manufacturing industry with its easy transformation of assembling a physical object from a digital model to test for form, fit and function. In its simplest terms, it is the process of creating prototypes to evaluate an engineering product design.  

As illumination experts, we are dedicated to stay on top of the competitive landscape manufacturers are faced with today. In a world that is constantly seeking faster time to market, manufacturers need to expedite their time-frame and schedules in the product development cycle. Rapid prototyping offers companies the opportunity to remain competitive by introducing new products faster.

In this article, we discuss the benefits of rapid prototyping, compare technologies, and review different prototyping stages and factors that should be considered.

LiDAR: The Use of Light Detection and Ranging Technology


LiDAR, short for light detection and ranging, is a remote sensing technology that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (distances) to a target. A LiDAR sensor fires off beams of laser light and then measures how long it takes for the light to return to the sensor.

At Lumitex, we strive to be a world-class lighting technology provider, and with that role comes the responsibility to be intimately familiar with newer applications, and to help our partners understand the true value in them. In this article, we discuss what LiDAR is, how the technology works, and its many uses.

LED Lighting Systems: Types and Methods to Modify Each


There are many ways to light a system with LEDs. Two of the most common LED lighting systems are Edge-lit and Direct-lit. Both offer different visual appearances, space requirements, and overall system performance.

In this article, we cover the differences between Edge and Direct-Lit and the ways to enhance each system using lenses, reflector cups, TIR optics, reflectors (specular and diffuse), and diffusers.

Robotic Surgery: Computer Technology and Design Engineering Unite


Robot-assisted surgery is an ever-evolving technology that holds benefits for the patient and physician. Technological advances have increased the types of procedures that are performed, such as minimally invasive surgeries. These surgeries allow the surgeon to create smaller incisions which results in faster recovery times and less pain for a patient. 

As a world-class lighting technology innovator, our dedication inspires us to stay on top of the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques and technological advancements in the market. This article covers traditional (open) surgery procedures vs. robotic-assisted surgery, the growth of robotic technology, and the high-tech equipment used for advanced operations with integrated lighting. 

Optical Fiber Technology: When to Choose Glass vs. Plastic Fiber

Optical fibers are most commonly made of 3 materials: large core plastic fiber, small core plastic fiber, and glass fiber. Large and small core fiber optics differ in diameter and manufacturing process, but are essentially the same in terms of performance and characteristics. Therefore, the main thing to consider are the differences between plastic and glass fiber optics.   

In this article, we cover the differences between glass and plastic fiber and how to determine when it is best to use one over the other. Although similar, they have marked differences in their applications.

Engineering Design Process: From Problem to Solution


Engineering design is the process (often through iteration) that engineers use to create products, devise a system or process to meet the desired need. It involves an organized series of steps establishing objectives, analysis, and evaluation. The steps contribute to a successful desired outcome.

As a world-class lighting technology integrator, we provide the right lighting technology for your application at the right timeGood engineering design practices start with careful consideration of the product requirements up front to reduce the delays and redesign costs later. In this article, we discuss the engineering design process, from design input to a successful design output, and best practices.

Spinal Implants: Types, Usage and Options


Technology breakthroughs in spinal implants are extensive right now.

And it's only getting larger.

The U.S. spine implants market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.29% between 2016 and 2020, according to a Research and Markets report. 

Growing usage of implant procedures and the increased adoption of minimally invasive surgeries allow surgeons to create smaller incisions and better outcomes for the patient. Due to the confines in MIS surgeries (narrower and deeper cavities), the need for better visualization is indispensable.

As a leading custom medical device lighting company, our commitment encourages us to stay on top of the latest spinal implants, spinal surgery techniques and technological advancements in the market. This article covers spinal implant types, usage, and developing trends.

How is the Brightness of Light Determined?


Brightness is an attribute of visual perception in which a source appears to be radiating or reflecting light. 

There is often confusion around terms such as luminosity, magnitude, light intensity and how humans actually perceive light. It's important to understand the different terms and technology used in the illumination industry.

As a leading lighting solutions provider, Lumitex is asked frequently, "How bright does my product need to be and how is it determined?" 

Surgical Lighting: The Definitive Guide

Quality lighting is extremely important when it comes to the operating room. We want surgeons to experience improved visualization without an increase in eyestrain and operate at an advantage to both doctor and patient. 

The challenge lies in finding the right surgical lighting that fits operating room staff and the patient's needs. There are various types of surgical lighting options, all playing a pivotal role in illumination. 

In this new guide, we discuss common lighting methods utilized in the operating room, diverse surgical procedures that require different lighting specialties and types of light sources.

The Ultimate Guide to Light Measurement


This new guide will show you everything you need to know about measurement of light.

It's important to understand the different terms used to characterize light. From the measurement of light in the electromagnetic spectrum, tunderstanding perceived brightness to the human eye, light intensity and the tools used to measure light, this guide covers it all.

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