In what may be indicative of a trend, Rockwell Automation has notified its 2,000 worldwide suppliers to stop using lead in certain products by October, in anticipation of advancing environmental regulations. The move to lead-free solder and additives, for example, is in compliance with material restrictions being implemented by the European Union (EU). The company also is requiring its suppliers to change to non-Hexavalent Chromium chromate coating technology for casting corrosion and sheet metal protection. To learn more, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3855-525.
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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