Another big step has been taken toward worldwide acceptance of a single certification and mark for electrical and electronics products. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has decided to loosen its restrictions on who can perform conformity assessments under its standards. IEC will now allow assessments by certification bodies, testing laboratories, and inspectorates in countries that are not IEC members. Until now, IEC recognized assessments only if they were done in IEC-member nations. Manufacturers in newly industrializing countries are expected to benefit most. For further information, contact IEC's Claire Marchand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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