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  • 3-D printing sweeps toy manufacturing off the shelves

    Cheap, plastic toys—no manufacturer necessary. The 2020 toy and game market is projected to be $135 billion, and 3-D printing brings those profits home. […]

  • Strengthening 3-D printed parts for real-world use

    From aerospace and defense to digital dentistry and medical devices, 3-D printed parts are used in a variety of industries. Currently, 3-D printed parts are very fragile and only used in the prototyping phase of materials or as a toy for display. A doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University has pioneered a countermeasure to transform the landscape of 3-D printing today. […]

  • Making lab equipment on the cheap

    Laboratory equipment is one of the largest cost factors in neuroscience. However, many experiments can be performed with good results using self-assembled setups involving 3-D printed components and self-programmed electronics. In a study publishing July 18 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, André Maia Chagas and Tom Baden from the Universities of Tübingen and Sussex present "FlyPi"—a low-cost imaging and microscope system for research, training and teaching. […]

  • Team develops fast, cheap method to make supercapacitor electrodes for electric cars, high-powered lasers

    Supercapacitors are an aptly named type of device that can store and deliver energy faster than conventional batteries. They are in high demand for applications including electric cars, wireless telecommunications and high-powered lasers. […]

  • Ultra-high-contrast digital sensing

    Virtually any modern information-capture device—such as a camera, audio recorder, or telephone—has an analog-to-digital converter in it, a circuit that converts the fluctuating voltages of analog signals into strings of ones and zeroes. […]

  • Low-cost smart glove wirelessly translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text

    A glove fitted with wearable electronics can translate the American Sign Language alphabet and then wirelessly transmit the text for display on electronic devices—all for less than $100, according to a study published July 12, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Timothy O'Connor and Darren Lipomi from University of California, San Diego, US, and colleagues. […]

  • Houston team one step closer to growing capillaries

    In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have demonstrated a key step on the path to generate implantable tissues with functioning capillaries. […]

  • Study indicates concrete construction waste can help rid the air of sulfur dioxide, a major pollutant

    New research reveals that sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to air pollution, is removed from the air by concrete surfaces. Stony Brook University researcher Alex Orlov, PhD, and colleagues discovered how concrete interacts and eliminates sulfur and nitrogen oxides. Their findings, published in the July edition of the Journal of Chemical Engineering, could be a significant step toward the practice of using waste concrete to minimize air pollution. […]

  • First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power

    University of Washington researchers have invented a cellphone that requires no batteries—a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light. […]

  • Custom-made clothes for all within reach says top designer

    Japanese designer Yuima Nakazato claimed Wednesday that he has cracked a digital technique which could revolutionise fashion with mass made-to-measure clothes. […]

  • Advanced prosthetic arms developed by Pentagon set for sale

    Fred Downs, a 72-year-old Vietnam war veteran, remembers fighting back tears when he regained the ability to pick up objects with his left arm after a gap of 40 years. […]

  • Scientists create a cellular guillotine for studying single-cell wound repair

    While doing research at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, Sindy Tang learned of a remarkable organism: Stentor coeruleus. It's a single-celled, free-living freshwater organism, shaped like a trumpet and big enough to see with the naked eye. And, to Tang's amazement, if cut in half it can heal itself into two healthy cells. […]

  • Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

    Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a section of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel—trying to pinpoint what repairs will work best at the tallest dam in the U.S. for a spillway torn apart during heavy winter rains that triggered the evacuation of 200,000 people living downstream. […]

  • Seeing with your ears: Novel acoustics project aims to improve virtual reality, explore ear shape effects on 3-D sound

    Paris' Cathedral of Notre Dame has a ghost orchestra that is always performing, thanks to a sophisticated, multidisciplinary acoustics research project that will be presented during Acoustics '17 Boston, the third joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the European Acoustics Association being held June 25-29, in Boston, Massachusetts. […]

  • Bioengineers create more durable, versatile wearable for diabetes monitoring

    Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas are getting more out of the sweat they've put into their work on a wearable diagnostic tool that measures three diabetes-related compounds in microscopic amounts of perspiration. […]

  • Researchers design sounds that can be recorded by microphones but inaudible to humans

    Microphones, from those in smartphones to hearing aids, are built specifically to hear the human voice—humans can't hear at levels higher than 20 kHz, and microphones max out at around 24 kHz, meaning that microphones only capture the sound we can hear with our ears. […]

  • Researchers develop landmark achievement in walking technology

    Researchers at the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a novel design approach for exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs that incorporates direct feedback from the human body. The findings were published this week in Science. […]

  • X-ray eyes in the sky: New method for 3-D through-wall imaging that utilizes drones and WiFi

    Researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab have given the first demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using ordinary wireless signal. The technique, which involves two drones working in tandem, could have a variety of applications, such as emergency search-and-rescue, archaeological discovery and structural monitoring. […]

  • Printed sensors monitor tire wear in real time

    Electrical engineers at Duke University have invented an inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time, warning drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin. […]

  • Today in 1922, Illinois professor showed how movies could talk

    Today in 1922, an Illinois professor showed how movies could talk. […]

 

  • ABB notes robotics growth during ‘transitional year’

    ABB Group has recorded a 14 per cent increase in robotics orders with third-party base orders increasing by 10 per cent, it has announced in its latest report. However, amid ongoing uncertainty in the global market including the impact of Brexit, 2017 is expected to be a transitional year for the company. According to ABB’s … Continue reading ABB notes robotics growth during ‘transitional year’ → The post ABB notes robotics growth during ‘transitional year’ appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Smart lessons from America

    While the number of manufacturing courses available to Australian-based students has steadily declined over the past six years, Steven Impey takes an in-depth look at how America is influencing the future of Australia’s education system. ……… When deciding what future generations of manufacturers should be learning in school, at TAFE, or even inside the halls … Continue reading Smart lessons from America → The post Smart lessons from America appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Boeing opens R&D facility at University of Queensland

    Late last month, Boeing Research and Technology Australia (BR&T–Australia) announced that it has moved its Brisbane-based team into a new centre within The University of Queensland’s (UQ) St Lucia campus. The move is the first time in the Asia-Pacific region that Boeing has co-located research within a university. The BR&T-Australia Technology Centre, at the UQ … Continue reading Boeing opens R&D facility at University of Queensland → The post Boeing opens R&D facility at University of Queensland appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Bosch honours top suppliers

    The Bosch Group has recognised 44 suppliers from 11 countries with the Bosch Global Supplier Award. This marks the fifteenth time the supplier of technology and services has honoured outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services – notably in the areas of quality, costs, innovation, and logistics. Bosch presented the coveted … Continue reading Bosch honours top suppliers → The post Bosch honours top suppliers appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Changing public perceptions of manufacturing

    While it is widely reported that Australian manufacturing is “out-dated” and on the decline, research suggests the public values the industry more than expected. Steven Impey reports. …………. Analysis around Australia’s attitude towards manufacturing has revealed a startling misconception about the industry. Despite a culture that is consistently told that the sector is in decline, an … Continue reading Changing public perceptions of manufacturing → The post Changing public perceptions of manufacturing appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

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