Apple designers once again have scored with innovative use of materials. iMac first became an industrial design icon in 1998 when it introduced use of striking translucent plastic. The new iMac takes a dramatically different turn, making use of glass and ultra-thin aluminum, creating a new level of classy look. It’s a clean and simple design. The translucent plastic models in funky colors drew attention to the box. The new look makes it clear that this is a functional product where attention is focused on the desktop interface. The new 20-inch iMac is priced at $1,199, $300 less than the previous 20-inch model, and the 24-inch iMac starts at $1,799, $200 less than the previous 24-inch model.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
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