The big buzz at the upcoming Fakuma injection molding show in Germany is energy efficiency. Because of soaring hydrocarbon prices, that’s what OEMs are emphasizing. Austrian OEM Engel is showing what is describes as energy optimized, powerful machine designs. Engel will show three fully electric machines and the e-victory hybrid machine. Arbug says it has a “holistic” approach. “On one hand, the goal is to produce the Allrounder machines using as little energy as possible,” says a spokesman. “On the other, Arburg seeks to use its products and expertise in order to efficiently minimize energy consumption among its customers.” Four Arburg machines at the Fakuma bear the “e²” energy efficiency label: two from the electric Allrounder A series and two hydraulic Allrounder S series machines with electromechanical dosage drive.
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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