I love stories about the garage-based inventors who develop a cool new invention. This material is intriguing. I wonder if a sheet could be vacuum formed or is there some porosity that would impede this?
It's a great thing about plastics and composites that so much technology still comes from independent inventors. Joyce's insight about the beneficial impact of inert gas on the polymer melt is not the kind of thing that would come from a huge company for a variety of reasons.
This is great. We get a story of advances in material and it's coming from a one-person company. Is this the new Bill Hewlett/Dave Packard garage? Instead of getting next-generation computers, we're getting next-generation materials out of a garage.
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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.