I was especially impressed with the extruded metal process to make wires and to connect circuits. I could see an application for rapid prototype PCB's being made in the future (without the use of the old 'green wire' technique).
TJ – good statement; this IS jaw-dropping. I wonder how well it might stand up to any prolonged use, as it appears to be pretty "fluid" (or, damageable). Also, I have no idea how stable ( or, safe & non-toxic?) Gallium is. I do know from my work with touch-screens and LCDs that Indium is pretty inert.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.
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.