New ideas from the old country
Features 9/23/1996 Post a comment Turnout at the Geneva Annual International Exhibition of Inventions demonstrates the universality of the inventive spirit. The following are just a few samples of the more than 1,000 patented designs on display this year, representing some 650 exhibitors from 40 countries.
Focus on fasteners
Features 9/23/1996 Post a comment Like the heel of Achilles, the humble fastener can destroy the biggest of projects if it fails. The fastening industry, to prevent such catastrophes and improve the state-of-the-art in general, regularly introduces new joining and assembly techniques. Here are some examples:
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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