These new rotary tap switches can be configured for manual or motor operation, and have dual (continuous/intermittent) ratings from 100/150 to 1,600/2,400 amps at 600V and come in single, two or three-phase models. The switches are made to hold up under shock and severe vibration. They have a handle that accommodates two padlocks, nonferrous parts, an escutcheon, fire-retardant nontracking insulation, low operating torque, and high-pressure line contact. Models rated for 200 or more amps have silver-plated current-carrying parts. Models rated up to 1,000 amps have glass-fiber-reinforced bases, with fabricated bases for models rated over 1,000 amps. Modifications are available such as increased voltage and amperage ratings, angled terminals, key-interlock provisions, auxiliary switches for remote indication, an "off" position, and a mechanical-release handle.
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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