A spacecraft equipped with NDK (www.ndk-j.co.jp/english) surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices has been launched into space for its journey to asteroid "1986SF36" between Mars and Jupiter to collect samples and return them to earth. When it reaches 10m above the asteroid's surface, the spacecraft will drop a target marker onto the landing point, creating a collision impact that's equivalent to firing a cannon.
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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