A group proposing the "Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power" learned that it has made the first cut in its bid for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF called on the group's members—including the University of Minnesota, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, the University of Illinois, Vanderbilt University, and the National Fluid Power Association, among others—to submit a final proposal for the center by mid-June. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4389-516.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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