Ever since electronics came on the scene, people have been predicting the demise of fluid power. But, in fact, the market remains big—really big. Sales of pneumatic components are in the $3B range, according to the National Fluid Power Association. And it's becoming more of a global business: The volume of fluid products imported in and exported out of the U.S. has grown. Primary trading partners: Japan, Canada, and Germany.
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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