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.
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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