Engineers at Watershot Inc. (www.watershot.com) recently designed a new underwater camera housing without first building costly prototypes. The enabler: CAD software. The company used SolidWorks to develop the Zuccarini underwater camera housings. In the process, engineers created a gear tower mechanism that transfers the axial motion of the external camera housing controls 90° to the axial rotation of the iris and focus bezels on the lens inside the housing. "The gear tower assembly was the most complex mechanism we had designed up to that point," says owner Steve Ogles.
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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