Whacking protective helmets until they break might seem like a fun diversion for charged up kids, but it’s serious business at the Snell Memorial Foundation, which certifies the safety of all kinds of helmets. Gathering analog signals is critical for all real-world tests, particularly those that happen quickly. Snell uses National Instruments’ CompactDAQ modules to gather data generated during the 36 times helmets are dropped onto steel anvils. If the system registers more than 300 Gs inside the helmet, it fails the tests. The Snell Foundation was formed in the ‘50s after auto racer Peter Snell died from head injuries in a slow rollover crash.
Snell uses National Instruments’ CompactDAQ modules to gather data generated during the 36 times helmets are dropped onto steel anvils.
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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