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Getting The Most Out Of Metal 3D Printing: Understanding Design & Process Controls For DMLS

Metal 3D printing is the ideal alternative to complex designs that machining or casting can’t achieve. It offers the mechanical properties of aerospace standard materials and the design freedom of 3D printing. In this white paper, learn:

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Would you prefer to fly in a hybrid aircraft?

This week's Question: Researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center are developing a hybrid plane that will, like a hybrid car, rely on both fossil fuels and electricity to power itself through the sky. The NASA engineers are looking at power systems that generate electricity in place of, or in addition to, thrust at the turbine engine, and then convert that electricity into thrust using fans at other places on the aircraft. The Glenn team says the advances could make flying up to 30 percent more fuel efficient. What do you think? Would you prefer to fly in a hybrid aircraft? 

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The Dusk of Fire-Wire, The Dawn of USB 3.0: Advancements and critical aspects of camera interfaces for next generation vision systems

Before 2011, many system designs were built on the most popular interface at the time: FireWire. This technology is slowly becoming obsolete and is commonly being replaced by USB 3.0, the new predominant interface for industrial and scientific cameras. In this paper we will outline why people are making the upgrade from FireWire to the USB 3.0 interface, and why USB 3.0 is here to stay.

Posted in: White Papers, Optics, Photonics


Selecting the Right Vent to Extend the Lifetime of Electronic Components in Vehicles

Electronic components are rapidly replacing mechanical parts in automobiles. Suppliers must protect these electronic components from harsh contaminants and temperature fluctuations, to ensure reliable performance. Selecting the right venting solution can help to extend the life of the electronic component.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronic Components


'Mini Force Fields' Power Microbots

Purdue researchers are using "mini force field technology" to independently control individual microrobots operating within groups.

Posted in: News, Machinery & Automation, Robotics


Researchers Use Rust to Improve 3D-Printing Process

A team of Northwestern researchers has created a new way to print three-dimensional metallic objects using rust and metal powders.

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Dr. Catharine A. Conley, Planetary Protection Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC As NASA plans launches to Mars, Europa, and beyond, the agency's Office of Planetary Protection ensures that the environments are shielded against contamination, especially bacteria and microbes from Earth. Dr. Catherine Conley oversees and audits the planetary protection strategies for NASA's exploration missions.

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