As a sign that the first flight just may be on track for the fourth quarter, Boeing is now testing the landing wheel assembly of the 787. This stage is significant because wheels down and stowed away during flight involves integration of power, electronics, avionics, plane structure and hydraulics. The testing is initiated by an operator (and eventually, the pilots) who swings them up and down from the cockpit controls. Click on the picture in the Gallery below. Credit: Boeing
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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