Pelican Products Inc. turned to low pressure structural foam molding to produce this collection of cube-shaped cases in sizes ranging from 18 to 24 inches. These big, watertight, dust-proof, chemical-resistant cases feature detachable steel casters and beefy molded-in handles. Pelican molds the cases from what it calls “an ultra-high-impact-resistant polypropylene.” To make the manufacturing as economical as possible, the company uses a dedicated lean production cell that molds the top and bottom of the case in the same steel tool.
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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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