Waste paint exhaust can now become clean electric power, thanks to the Fumes-to-Fuel system by Ford (www.ford.com) and Detroit Edison. The system captures the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paint fumes and concentrates them into a mixture of hydrocarbons. When fed into a reformer, the mixture turns into a hydrogen-rich gas, which is then fed into a stack of solid oxide fuel cells where hydrogen and oxygen react, creating electricity. Installed at the Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant Paint Shop, the system pilot reportedly generates 5,000 W of electricity.
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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