Heated lattice tungsten filaments can emit more energy than solid tungsten filaments—a discovery that could meet the increasing power demand in advanced electrical applications such as hybrid electric cars—says an analysis by Technical Insights (www.technical-insights.frost.com). With crystalline regularity, tungsten lattices are capable of bending light without losing any energy, exhibiting a conversion efficiency of 34% and electrical power density of about 14 W/cm2 when heated to 1,250 centigrade. Thanks to computer chip production technology, they can now be mass-fabricated.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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