Sounds like a promising abrasion coating process, particularly in that it can minimize design and manufacturing efforts via its ability to selectively coat specific components or areas. Could you provide any examples of current products that employ Vuecoat?
Utilizing ink-jet technology to avoid masking and the other pitfalls of the more common coating technologies is great. Having designed several polycarb product display lenses I would have liked to use this process, the article does not mention if the current process can only handle flat parts. Since it is ink-jet I guess this is the case. Perhaps the next step will be 3d spray head applications.
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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