Burt Rutan, founder of California’s Scaled Composites, was the very first Design News Engineer of the Year in 1988 and one of the most admired engineers in America. His engineering team has designed, tested, and flown a whole series of leading edge aircraft, ranging from the Voyager – the first plane to fly around the world without refueling – to SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded manned aircraft to fly into space. In this interview with Contributing Editor Larry Maloney, Rutan tells what is needed to spur innovation in aerospace.
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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