Sun Microsystems claims its SPARC-based Sun Blade workstations are getting faster with up to a 40-percent increase in performance. The company says the workstations are more advanced than the previous generation of Sun Blades, providing double the memory and increased storage capacity. In addition, Sun announced various pricing promotions. One to note is that customers purchasing a new UltraSPARC-based Sun Blade 1500 or 2500 Workstation can pay only $1.00 extra to receive with it a SunPCi™ IIIproc card, which enables users to run Windows or Linux natively within the Solaris OS. And, customers can upgrade Xeon-based workstations and get $600 off the price of a new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java Workstation W1100z or W2100z.
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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