ABB (www.abb.com) is introducing robotics developments that include: A "bending backwards" robot arm for a new articulated robot to make work cells more compact and less costly, and allow faster tool changes; BendWizard programming to reprogram press brake robots, which can be applied to both new equipment and retrofitted to existing machines, making runs of less than 50 pieces economically viable; and its Compact Assembling System for laminated windshields that creates the glass sandwich in a controlled environment so the panes cannot be marked or scratched, as in manual assembly.
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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