In case you haven't noticed the fewer seconds it takes to chug a beer, the aluminum can has trimmed down its weight by about one-third. And that Bud may be back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days. With 63 billion aluminum cans recycled by Americans in 2000, the recycling rate has increased to 63%, up from 25% in 1975, as reported by the Aluminum Association (www.aluminum.org). Ultimately, those cans returned $1.2 billion to consumers and occupied a diminishing 1% of total landfills.
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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