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October 30, 2020
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Small variances in 3D-printed metal parts that occur among the same types of printers can lead to porosity and fissure issues with catastrophic consequences in aerospace applications. This is where Auburn University's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence is stepping in to focus on two crucial areas: performance differences for the same parts made on different 3D printers and how microscopic features in parts affect fatigue and fracture.
Full Story: ASME (10/30) 
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Spotlight on Biotechnology
Lego, along with Ocean Outdoor, recently ran a touchless interactive billboard in London as part of its "Rebuild the World" campaign featuring digital blocks that individuals could manipulate with hand gestures and feel in midair via haptic technology. "We are thrilled to be the first company in the UK to use this new technology and create a unique way for families to showcase their creativity on such a grand scale," said Lego Group UK and Ireland head of marketing Marius Lang.
Full Story: Campaign UK (tiered subscription model) (10/27) 
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Brazilian classical pianist João Carlos Martins is dazzling the ivories again thanks to two bionic gloves. The gloves use the same technology created for exoskeletons that assist patients with spinal cord injuries.
Full Story: New York Post (10/22) 
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The FDA has approved Virtual Incision's investigational device exemption application for its MIRA platform, a miniaturized robot-assisted surgery platform.
Full Story: MassDevice (Boston) (10/27) 
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Innovations & Trends
Some consider it a certainty that tiny devices harvesting energy from mechanical movement will eventually replace batteries powering wireless sensors and actuators. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are advancing the technology with a model that helps developers understand how such devices work and points to ways to improve their efficiency.
Full Story: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.) (10/29) 
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A new robot from Hilti uses building information modeling to accurately drill overhead holes and mark them on construction sites. The Jaibot is semi-autonomous and designed to spare human workers the strain of repetitive overhead installation tasks.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (10/28) 
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An international research team is working on less costly methods for lithium-ion battery recycling. "To create a circular economy for any material, it is important to have few components, a lower cost for the secondary process [recycling] than the primary process [raw material extraction], a simple purification flowsheet, valuable components, and a collection and segregation mechanism," the team wrote in its paper, "The importance of design in lithium ion battery recycling -- a critical review."
Full Story: PV Magazine (Germany) (10/28) 
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The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute in South Korea has developed a way to quickly track radioactive contaminated water in the ocean by measuring the amount of strontium-90 in seawater. The technology uses an automatic nuclide separation device to measure the quantity of yttrium-90, which can mirror the level of strontium.
Full Story: The Korea Bizwire (Seoul) (10/28) 
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Volvo Trucks North America turned to advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and internet of things technology to improve the connectivity of its product line. The use of IoT and AI enabled the company to pare times for performing diagnostics by 70% and the time it takes to complete truck repairs by 25%.
Full Story: Network World (10/28) 
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ASME is now accepting applications from qualified candidates with expertise in energy, bioengineering, and manufacturing for our 2021-2022 Congressional Fellowships. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and an ASME member at the time of application. Apply here. And don't miss our upcoming webinar highlighting two of our 2019-2020 Congressional Fellows. Register here for the November 5 webinar.
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