Levee reconstruction in New Orleans, one of the largest construction tasks of the decade, required both brute strength and high precision. Tons of soil was moved, but soil types and amounts had to be monitored constantly. Hayward Baker, a leading geotechnical construction company, developed a new mixing technique to get the right soil qualities for long-term stability. Hollow stem augers and paddles blended materials as they were put in place. Soil characteristics, including moisture levels, were monitored using National Instruments’ Compact Fieldpoint hardware and LabVIEW software. That tool combination also helped Hayward Baker document its activity, an important factor in the government project.
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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