Three advanced plastics welding processes are used in a novel fuel cell based on electroconducting polymer and transition metals in an effort to avoid use of adhesives. “We are using orbital vibration to weld the different membranes (anode and cathode) producing the energy,” comments Didier Perret, sales manager of Branson Ultrasonics in Switzerland. “We are using advanced ultrasonic welding for several assembly operations (to replaces screw, glue or others). And finally we use the latest infrared laser technology GEN 3 to weld the fuel tank with a high safety level.”
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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