Accounting for 10% of the advanced motion control market, stepper drives are seeing an annual revenue growth from $140 million in 2001 to an expected $165.8 million by 2008, according to market research company Frost & Sullivan. Leading the charge is Parker Hannifin with over 12% of the stepper drive market, followed by Schneider Electric with 10%.
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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