3d Printing is Not the Future of Manufacturing

3d printing technology, while wonderful, does not scale well. It can do remarkable things, but the hype-level surrounding it is so extreme that it’s worth pointing out what 3d printing does NOT do well, and likely never will. Why do we bring this up? Because 3d printing has become a brand, a concept – shorthand …

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SPI Press Release

California firm creates new solar thermal market and IoT heliostat  – earns spot at Solar Power International Central Coast California solar technology firm LightManufacturing exhibits at the Solar Power International (SPI) expo in Anaheim this week, showing new applications for solar energy and a unique set of products at the conference. “We’re not a PV …

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SPI Booth 1041, and Start-Up Alley!

We’re exhibiting at the Solar Power International show next week in Anaheim California, Sept 15-17. Come see us at Booth 1041. We’re exhibiting the worlds first wifi-connected, IoT heliostat, showing video of our patented Solar Plastic Molding process, showing our field-adjustable vacuum focus mirror, and presenting at the Start-Up Alley battlefield on Wednesday afternoon. http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=80c57733cce3ae74d75a25c18&id=4dbc0ce9cd&e=78c7701883

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Heliostats Warm a Belgian Apartment Building

Central Coast, California   Oct 2, 2014 LightManufacturing of California delivered an array of four H1 Heliostats to Belgium to provide heat and light to an apartment building.   The heliostats – sun-tracking mirrors – were installed on a garden wall, and shine light into North–facing windows.  These windows normally get no direct sun, but with the …

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California Firm Awarded Patent for Zero-Fuel Solar Plastic Molding Technology

Web version:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/california-firm-awarded-patent-for-zero-fuel-solar-plastic-molding-technology-249425011.html FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2014, Pismo Beach, CA — LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the firm US Patent 8,662,877 covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for molding plastic.   The proprietary technology allows low-cost manufacturing of large plastic …

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Nice summary from Francis Ward’s Jonathan Wurr

“…What an amazing technology for the warmer parts of the developing world. Light Manufacturing presented this technology to the ARMO conference in Goa. Further investigation of the website shows the product in action. However the website videos show a fairly small part being made and I wonder how the energy calculations stack up for larger …

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Link to Us? Sure! Here’s the HTML

If you’d like to link to LightManufacturing from your website or blog, here’s an easy code snippet to do it: [code] <a href=”https://www.lightmanufacturingsystems.com”>Heliostats, Heliostat Arrays, and Solar Thermal Manufacturing from LightManufacturing LLC</a> [/code] We always like to hear about new links to LightManufacturing – contact us and tell us about them! And we’re @LightMFG on Twitter. …

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New Videos! Heliostat movement movies.

We’ve posted two new videos showing the H1 heliostat. See the videos on the video page (click here). First video shows 15 H1 heliostats moving from ‘safe’ position to a target, moving to another target, then back, and so on – demonstrating repeatable positioning and the advantages of wireless remote control. The second new video …

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