The Castaic Lake Pressure Control Structure, which maintains water delivery along the California Aqueduct, has purchased LED lamps from LEDtronics (www.ledtronics.com) to replace 500 incandescent lamps in its control panels. At any given time one-third of the incandescent lamps were out, leaving operators in the dark about critical processes. Unlike incandescent lights that use fragile metal filaments and glass globes, an LED is made from semiconductor materials encased in a solid epoxy lens, making it reliable for harsh industrial conditions.
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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