A survey conducted by Evertiq, a Swedish-based newsite for the electronics industry, shows that 65 percent of companies in the electronics industry say they have reached "total compliance and are already shipping RoHS compliant products." Close to 15 percent of respondents said they are exempt from RoHS laws, while 15 percent noted they are still not RoHS-compliant. Another 7 percent indicated they have reached compliance in their processes, but have not yet started shipping compliant products. A surprising 15 percent of companies said they are not well-informed about the RoHS directive.
Half of the companies responding were EMS providers, while 21 percent were printed-circuit board suppliers, and 15 percent were OEMs.
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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