OMRON reports that its F500 vision system has found use in medical applications requiring high resolution. Among the products requiring the 1 million to 2 million pixel resolution are scalpels and radioisotope chemotherapy beads. The former need to be clear of burrs and must be sharp. The latter need to be perfectly round. OMRON says its technology allows for higher speed image transfer rates. Other applications beyond medical for high-resolution imaging: inspection of printed circuit boards, plastic bottles for flash, bottle caps for ovality, and automotive parts such as spark plug gaps and bearing assemblies.
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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