From the control standpoint, semiconductors provide the starting point for improved motion control performance. The trends in this area include increased integration in microcontrollers developed specifically for motor control applications. In high voltage motor controls, advances in IGBTs provide improved power dissipation in power devices and allow higher current capability. Bringing both the control and power switching together in a reference design provides a systems approach with improved performance.
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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