Using SolidWorks design software, Aurora, IL-engineering firm The DiMonte Group has designed a voting machine that will enable handicapped citizens, including the blind, to vote. The machine, to be manufactured by AutoMARK, will be beta-tested in Phoenix during this year's presidential election, and will be commercially available in 2005. With a touch screen, brail keypad, audio, and "sip and puff" technology, the AutoMARK machine is designed to comply with new federal regulations that take effect in 2006 mandating that all precincts in the U.S. provide technology to enable the handicapped to vote unassisted.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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