@luizcosta: to start a garage size MEMS factory to build simple MEMS, if you bought used equipment and had some really great maintenance guys would cost ~ $5M. That's just to build it. Then plan on several million a year for power, water, specialty gases and consumables. Building a MEMS factory that could do gyros, etc. would cost about $50M. But you don't need to build a MEMS garage...many universities allow external companies to rent time in their clean room. Check out schools in the "NNIN" - a nanofabrication network - like Stanford, Cornell, Georgia Tech, UCSB. Save your money for something else!
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.