An adhesive tape from 3M replaces the mechanical fasteners often used to build horse trailers, reducing the stress animals endure when they are transported.
VHB Tape provides enough strength to hold panels on horse trailers while also providing a bit of viscoelasticity to absorb vibrations. A recent study showed that horse trailers made with VHB Tape up to 41 percent quieter at highway speeds and vibration was reduced up to 30 percent over trailers made with mechanical fasteners. Veterinarians say that horses notice even 5 percent decreases in noise and vibration, according to 3M.
The tapes have been crash-tested at up to 60 mph, holding together during the tests. The tape is also used to attach roadside signs to poles, surviving 90 mph wind gusts. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-506.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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