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Learn How Designers Use Laser Cutters and Engravers

IEEE TryEngineering and Epilog provide background information and lesson plans for students

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THE INSTITUTEWith their ability to create intricate lacework to enhance the décolletage of a gown or a personalized tag for your luggage, laser cutters and engravers are becoming more popular among designers, according to an article from Epilog Laser, a leader in the industry. The article was published on the IEEE TryEngineering site along with two lesson plans on how to use the machines.

The machines help designers bring their creativity to life, thanks to lasers’ ability to precisely cut a pattern or make an engraving on denim, felt, fleece, leather, linen, polyester, and silk. Laser cutters also can be used on stretch fabrics as well as glass, metal, and wood.

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Chinese Joint Venture Will Begin Mass-Producing an Autonomous Electric Car

With the Robo-01, Baidu and Chinese carmaker Geely aim for a fully self-driving car

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A black car sits against a white backdrop decorated with Chinese writing. The car’s doors are open, like a butterfly’s wings. Two charging stations are on the car’s left; two men stand on the right.

The Robo-01 autonomous electric car shows off its butterfly doors at a reveal to the media in Beijing, in June 2022.

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In October, a startup called Jidu Automotive, backed by Chinese AI giant Baidu and Chinese carmaker Geely, officially released an autonomous electric car, the Robo-01 Lunar Edition. In 2023, the car will go on sale.

At roughly US $55,000, the Robo-01 Lunar Edition is a limited edition, cobranded with China’s Lunar Exploration Project. It has two lidars, a 5-millimeter-range radar, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and 12 high-definition cameras. It is the first vehicle to offer on-board, AI-assisted voice recognition, with voice response speeds within 700 milliseconds, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8295 chip.

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