Good article. In many electromechanical assemblies, Agency requirements can matter also. A polymer may be the perfect match for the strength, finish, etc. needed for the product. However, that particular grade of polymer may not have the flame retardant properties needed to pass 94V-0 at the specified thickness in order to achieve agency certification for the entire product. It is important to also consider agency requirements up front during product development to make sure the entire product can be certified.
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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