Wonder why you can't get any funding for anything these days? Blame the bean counters. According to a recent Design News on-line survey, 42% of the respondents reported that their company requires a payback period of under 1 year for projects. Another 29% said that their Scrooge-like firms require a return on investment in under 2 years.
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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