A European consortium has a budget of $2.2 billion to reduce carbon dioxide, nitrogen monoxide and noise emissions by 50, 80 and 50 percent respectively by the year 2020, and to introduce more environmentally friendly aircraft components. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Applied Materials Research (IFAM) are developing adhesives that produce more durable and safer bonds than current methods. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nanosystems are working with micro and nanotechnologies in order to integrate sensors into components.
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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