Apple Rubber recommends an integrated design methodology for sealing and filtering. "Customers often present us with sealing challenges that can be best met using non-traditional solutions," says Christopher Chiodo, engineer manager, Apple Rubber Products. "A Filter Seal is a custom sealing solution that combines two functions (filtering and sealing) into one part." With this approach, a single component replaces specifying, purchasing and installing as many as three or more separate parts. The custom designed combination uses a variety of elastomers to provide the sealing function. In addition, a range of fabrics with numerous mesh weave patterns can be molded with an elastomer to provide the filter. For more information on Apple Rubber's Filter Seal, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-525.
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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