Because a new federal safety regulation says that firefighters must have a clear view of how much air is left in their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), LEDs are being used to illuminate the indicator. The LEDs are easy to see through smoke and also function as a warning system to other firefighters. When operating normally, the LEDs give off a blue-green light; if assistance is necessary, the LEDs give off a yellow color. The series of LEDs selected for this task use a low amount of power, which means fewer battery replacements. For more information, go to the following website: www.ledtronics.com.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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