The difficulty of producing modern aircraft has gotten plenty of attention over the last year. On a large plane like the Airbus A380, one of the biggest challenges comes with wings. They are huge, carry thousands of gallons of fuel and they must be rigid yet slightly flexible.
Airbus turned to Electroimpact Inc. to get a material handling system that could provide a stable control system for wing assemblies. One of the key elements is to position six panel loader arms precisely. Integrated encoder position sensors from MTS Systems Corp.’s Sensors Div. help maintain precision down to 1 mm accuracy, checking position every 4 msec.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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