Do the static-dissipative properties of ABS plastic relate specifically to the ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)? That is, are there other materials which could also be used or is that why one uses ABS?
ESD properties can be applied to a number of diffeent plastics through special formulations. In this case, the treatment was applied to ABS because it's a widely used, low cost engineering plastic and conforms to the Fused Deposition Modeling technology developed by Stratasys.
There seems to be a lot of activity in the 3D printing sector lately, especially around the design and application of new materials. Any sense of why now or what's behind this accelerated pace of innovation?
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.