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  • ASTM Guide to Create Principles-of-Design Rules in Additive Manufacturing

    The proposed guide is intended to provide overarching principles of design rules in 3D printing.

  • Printing Is Poised to Enter the Fourth Dimension

    The worldwide 4D printing market could exceed $60 million by 2019 and experience a greater than 40% compound annual growth rate.

  • Industrial Winches: Specifications and Applications

    Industrial winches are mechanical devices used to pull a heavy load, typically horizontally.

  • Scientists Explore Making Robots More Autonomous

    Project aims to develop mechanisms that can help robots recognize their environments and interactions around them and respond accordingly.

  • Sealing Machines: Operations, Specifications and Applications

    Sealing machines close and seal an individual package or provide a long continuous horizontal or vertical seal.

  • Researchers Use AI Concepts to Enable Robots to Adapt on Their Own

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error.

  • 3D Printing Process Allows Objects to Grow

    A process for 3D printing allows objects to rise continuously from liquid rather than the conventional approach of building objects layer by layer. The technology called Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) may open opportunities for faster and more consistent quality 3D printing.

  • Pratt & Whitney to Use 3D Printing for Some Engine Parts

    Pratt & Whitney says it will deliver jet engine parts produced using additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. The company says it will be among the first to use additive manufacturing to make compressor stators and synch ring brackets for its PurePower PW1500G engines.

  • Sabic and Elopak Collaborate on Renewable Coatings for Cartons

    Elopak will soon become among the first companies to launch beverage cartons with second-generation renewable coatings in the European market.

  • Audi Plant Uses Robots to Move Cars

    Two robots named "Ray" independently transport cars from production to an interim storage area as part of a pilot project at the Audi automotive plant in Ingolstadt, Germany.

  • “Pop-up” Fabrication Technique a Challenge to 3D Printing?

    Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say they have developed a fabrication technique to create 3D micro- and nanostructures. The researchers claim the process offers advantages over 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing.

  • 3D Systems Cooks Up a Kitchen Printer Collaboration

    3D Systems is partnering with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to develop a series of educational collaborations and launch a beta program for a culinary 3D printer.

  • Computer Network Rivals Primate Brain in Object Recognition

    Primates visually recognize and determine the category of an object at a brief glance, and to date, this behavior has been unmatched by artificial systems. A study published in PLOS Computational Biology has found that the latest artificial "deep neural network" performs as well as the primate brain.

  • Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction with Kirigami

    University of Pennsylvania researchers are turning kirigami, an art form related to origami that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied to structures on radically divergent length scales.

  • 3D Printer Achieves a First in Space, NASA Says

    For the first time, the U.S. space agency NASA was able to 3D print something on the International Space Station (ISS). The first object to be made was actually a part for the printer; on Nov. 25 the printer made a side casing for itself.

  • New Standards for Crude Oil Loading and Shipment via Rail

    The American Petroleum Institute published a new set of recommended practices for testing and classifying crude oil for rail shipment and loading it into rail tank cars.

  • 3D Printers Build on Manufacturing Success with New Designs, Materials

    3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is gaining market acceptance and momentum as new additive materials, operational expertise and printer designs overcome 3D printing’s traditional challenges of part size, speed limitations and durability.

  • Enabling New Age Knees

    Over the course of 50 years, the average person takes about 140 million steps. Add tennis, jogging and a gym membership and it’s no wonder that knee replacement surgeries increase 10% year over year. In 2010, American doctors replaced more than 590,000 knees. All this repair work requires

  • Flexible Conductors for Commercial Use

    Modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have great technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic paper. Making such concepts affordable enough for general use remains a challenge. But a new way of working with copper nanowires and a poly vinyl alcohol

  • Researchers Use 3D Printers to Create Custom Medical Implants

    A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed a method for using what they say is affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery. The team,

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