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Burn-vector or side-sparking electrodes are used to spark undercuts within moulds, including those needed for submarine gates, or to avoid any possibility of a collision when sparking the base of a deep rib or similar feature. They use an arbitrary axis for their operation, rather than being aligned with the principal axes. Delcam Electrode now allows these electrodes to be designed and used with the same quick and easy wizard-based process available for conventional electrodes. The electrode action can be simulated in the software and the final design passed to PowerMILL for machining in the same way as standard electrodes. Electrode frames are used to provide the basis for machining and inspection datums. Delcam Electrode now allows these areas to be modelled and then coloured separately from the electrode blank. This makes it easy for them to be identified in PowerMILL for automated manufacture using a specific template. The burn region, extension faces and clearance faces were already able to be displayed and machined with separate colours in this way. The ability to automate programming within PowerMILL as part of the electrode solution does save considerable time for the user. However, when machining a large number of electrodes, it is inefficient to wait for toolpaths to be calculated on each individual project. To overcome this problem, the option to use batch processing of multiple projects has been introduced within the electrode machining wizard. The user now simply allocates one machining template in PowerMILL to a series of electrodes if the designs are similar, or applies the appropriate template to each example if they differ significantly in size or style. Processing the toolpaths starts as soon as the first project is loaded. Subsequent projects are displayed in a list, with calculations beginning on the next item in the list automatically.

The new office expands the company’s existing presence in London, and enables Box to continue to grow its employee base in the UK and throughout Europe. David Quantrell, Box senior vice president and general manager for EMEA, said, “As we expanded in Europe and witnessed growing demand for Box, we decided that London was not just an ideal location for an office, but also a great place to establish an official headquarters for our international operations. London is a central hub in the world economy and home to a fantastic pool of talent. Just as importantly, the UK government’s Patent Box regime and other recent economic initiatives provide us with a supportive environment for continuing to grow and expand aggressively around the world.” The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, “It is fantastic news that one of Silicon Valley’s finest, Box, has opted to locate their non-US headquarters in London. This comes after Box took part in my programme held during the Olympic Games last year that gave investors a taste of all that London has to offer. This arrival is further welcome evidence of London’s status as a leading tech capital helped by the availability of a talented workforce, the work space and world beating universities.” Since first opening a London office in June 2012, Box has more than doubled user growth outside of the US and continues to expand throughout Europe, hiring more than 80 employees in the region. In addition to growing its existing offices in London, Munich and Paris, Box has recently added employees in the UK to address growing demand for partnerships and sales in the Nordics, Benelux, Spain and Italy. Overall, Box has more than 20 million users worldwide at more than 180,000 businesses. The company saw 150% increase in sales in 2012 and is on pace to more than double again in the current year. Hounslow Chooses Box, Continues to Pioneer Cloud Transition The London Borough of Hounslow, a local government council that supports more than 250,000 residents in the UK, joins global Box customers such as Procter & Gamble, Rosetta Stone, Schneider Electric, Heathrow Airport and Royal Haskoning DHV. The Council chose Box to address its need for secure collaboration with internal teams and external partner agencies, as well as document management for its departments. Anthony Kemp, director corporate resources at London Borough of Hounslow, said, “We are delighted to have signed with Box. We spent a lot of time exploring options that could satisfy the full enterprise. We were very impressed with Box and its exciting plans for future development. As a product, it complements our strategy of public utility cloud based computing.

The Price Geek prides itself in being the go-to website to find the price of anything. So, naturally, illicit drugs seemed like a good fit. Related story: Arrests in U.K. follow Silk Road bust Marijuana was — by far — the most popular drug for sale on Silk Road. That’s no surprise, given that 147 million people — about 2.5% of the world’s population — consume cannabis every year, according to the World Health Organization. Prices on Silk Road were set in bitcoins — digital currency that’s hard to trace. For simplicity, we’ve converted them to their value in today’s U.S. dollars. Here are some key insights on weed: Of the most popular nations, it’s cheapest in South Africa. It’s most expensive in Germany, but Poland and Australia are close behind. It’s relatively affordable in the United States. Why the stark difference? It’s still deemed illegal by most governments, but enforcement — and priced-in risk to dealers — differs greatly by country. Marijuana has been decriminalized in just a few regions, such as the Netherlands.