The XL-80 interferometer from Renishaw Inc. is lighter and more portable than its predecessors, making it simpler for quality control and maintenance technicians to calibrate manufacturing and laboratory equipment. The instrument can measure distances as long as 260 ft, yet it still provides measurement speeds of up to four meters per second.
Both speed and accuracy have been upgraded substantially. It runs at 50 kHz, compared to only 5 kHz for Renishaw units that are now in the field. Resolution is 1 nanometer, while accuracy is 0.5 ppm, substantially better than its predecessor's 0.7 ppm. Weight including cables, power supplies and sensors is under seven lbs. The unit can employ optics from previous generation hardware, helping keep costs down.
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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