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.
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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