air cylinders now vie with their stainless-steel counterparts for extended
cycle life in hostile environments. Fabco-Air Inc. offers proprietary coatings for
their aluminum pneumatic product lines, providing a cost-effective alternative
to stainless steel. This white paper
documents rigorous life-cycle testing that shows coated aluminum products are
well-protected against the effects of harsh environments. For a fraction of the cost of 303 or 304
stainless air cylinders, Fabco can deliver corrosion-resistant aluminum products
from any of its product lines within 14-20 days.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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