An improvement of only seven percent in the volume of fresh water used suggests that the redesign was probably motivated by increasing the lock size for larger ships and the slight reduction in fresh water was achieved to help sell the design. I'm certain that the seven percent gain will be more than lost by the increase in traffic caused by the larger locks.
I remember reading about all of the technical and logistics challenges when workers were building the Panama canal many years ago. Many lives were lost due to disease at that time. The Panama canal is an engineering accomplishment and I'm glad to see continuous improvements being made.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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