EWI (www.ewi.org) will host a conference on fuel cell manufacturing March 8 at the St. John's Conference Center in Plymouth, MI. The program, "The Future of Lasers in Fuel Cell Manufacturing," will precede the Automotive Laser Applications Workshop running through March 10 in Plymouth. The fuel cell program will be chaired by Stanley Ream, automotive market leader for EWI, which is researching alternative methods to assemble fuel cell components with adhesives, brazing, and laser welding. Registration is available online now through March 5 at http://cpd.engin.umich.edu/programs/index-conferences.html.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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