When it comes to operating systems used by engineering departments, Windows NT/2000 rules. In a recent Design News survey, 78% of the respondents said they currently use the operating system and 8% more said they plan to use it in the future. One-third of respondents said they use UNIX and its derivatives. Though only 2% report using a MAC OS, that may be changing with the advent of more applications for MAC OS X. Just 1% of engineers said they use OS/2. Once a preferred OS by the techies, it fell out of favor once IBM chose to stop supporting it.
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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