PM helped shave nearly 20 percent off the cost of a lawn mower blade-stop assembly, which won the grand prize in the competition's lawn-and-garden category. Previously, the assembly's drum and pulleys had been machined, cast and stamped. Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co. used PM to add features that ease assembly to the mower blade. Among them are a molded key on the pulleys and hexagonal pockets on the drum. The pulleys are also sinter bonded together into a single component. Burgess-Norton forms the parts to a density of 6.9 g/cm3 with an ultimate tensile strength of 280 MPa and an apparent hardness of 50-80 HRB. For more information on the Burgess-Norton blade stop, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4932-547.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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