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 company that brought you 3D-printed eyeglasses has launched both an improved clear polymer material for 3D printing optical components and a high-speed, precision, 3D-printing process for making small- and medium-sized batches in a few days.
We've found an amazing variety of robot hands & arms in medicine, space, and service robots, as well as R&D and assembly. Some are based on industrial designs modified for speed or dexterity, while others more closely emulate human movements, as well as human size and shape.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
A tiny humanoid robot has safely piloted a small plane all the way from cold start to takeoff, landing and coming to a full stop on the plane's designated runway. Yes, it happened in a pilot training simulation -- but the research team isn't far away from doing it in the real world.
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