Linear drives systems used in high-precision applications, must be able to eliminate cage creep. This troublesome slippage will often decrease motion accuracy, lower quality of the end product, and eventually cost more in maintenance and repair.
Early on, systems relied on basic start/stop and limit switches, but as processing power and speed have increased, electronic industrial system controls have grown to be the more sophisticated option and become ever more capable.
3D printing is already a mainstream staple of the engineering world. The MD&M Conference gives this technology center stage as the one of the future technological innovations for the medical device industry.