Almost any material can be metalized and coated without solvents in an interesting new technology from Germany that will be on display at K 2010. Materials treated by patented “plasmadust” technology from Reinhausen Plasma GmbH include plastics, metals, silicon disks, glass, foil or even paper.
Using atmospheric pressure, plasma technology is combined with micro- or nanopowders to allow direct-coating, VOC-free processes. A low-temperature (120 - 250 C) plasma gas is generated with a pulsed arcing gas discharge. The coating of a substrate of one square meter requires 1/10 to 1/100 of the power required by thermal plasma injection processes.
Among the applications are plasma and laser sintering, solar cell wafer metallization, and the manufacturing of thin-film batteries and fuel cells.
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.