For NPE 2006, Ferromatik Milacron and FOBOHA teamed up to display a Ferromatik Milacron model K-TEC250S-2F-DETW injection molding machine with a secondary injection unit and FOBOHA's patented twin turning-cube. For this machine, Milacron mounted the secondary injection unit at a 40-degree angle on top of the moving platen. The change reduces the floor space required for a side-mounted secondary injection unit and saves cycle time by allowing the injection nozzle to stay mated to the hot runner system during clamp movement. Designed to be extremely flexible, the K-TEC machine is made on demand from standard available components. "You may not find another one configured exactly like it," says Ferromatik's Hare. "It is made of standard components — standard assemblies — all configured to generate machine that best suits this particular application."
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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