MATERIALS: Integran Technologies Inc. announced the introduction of their Nanovate™ NP nanometal/polymer hybrid technology designed to improve the strength, stiffness and temperature performance of bare polymer parts. These hybrid parts are targeted to displace lightweight metal solutions such as machined aluminum or die cast magnesium.
Nanovate™ NP hybrids are produced by coating an injection-molded polymer substrate with a thin layer of ultra high-strength metal. The metal coating derives its strength from its nanocrystalline grain structure, and imparts this strength onto the substrate via high- strength interfacial bonds.
In 2007, DuPont and Integran’s joint ventures Morph and PowerMetal Technologies announced the introduction of MetaFuse™ nanometal/polymer hybrids which use polymer resins from DuPont specifically designed for the Nanovate™ process. The launch of Nanovate™ NP continues in this work by extending the range of potential polymer substrates to polymers from ABS for simple applications to PEEK for very demanding one.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.