IBM (www.ibm.com) executives have gone through many pens in recent weeks. Joint agreements with Chartered Semiconductor (www.charteredsemi.com) and Infineon Technologies (www.infineon.com) will let the three companies work together to make parts with 65-nm size features. Development will be done in the IBM facility in East Fishkill, NY. Under a separate pact with Raytheon (www.raytheon.com), the two will jointly develop custom ICs for the defense and aerospace markets under a deal that could be worth $100 million to IBM over five years.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
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.
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