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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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