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3D Printers Add A New Dimension to Circuits

A recent breakthrough could take 3D electronic printing into the fast, easy, and reliable future.

FCC Clarifies Emissions Requirements for LED Lights

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published guidelines that clarify how FCC rules apply to RF LED products. RF LED lighting devices are classified as unintentional radiators and are therefore are subject to the FCC’s Part 15 rules.

Lasers Create Plasma for Environmental Monitoring

A new technique uses lasers to create plasma that can detect chemicals in the air. This new method could be used for environmental monitoring, since the colors of the plasma filaments can indicate the presence a wide range of molecules, including biohazards and pollutants.

These 3M Hard Hats Do Not Protect Against Electric Shock

3M Company is recalling 7,500 vented hard hats. The hard hats were marketed to protect against electric shock, but they do not provide this protection.

New Technique for 3D Printing Actuators, Sensors, and Hair

Although today’s 3D printers are capable of some amazing things, researchers in MIT’s Media Lab are rethinking the technology and expanding its capabilities. They have found a way to bypass a time-intestive step in 3D printing so that hair-like structures can be printed. They have used their new technique to print “hairs” that can perform sensing, adhesion, and actuation.
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Artificial Muscles for Robots

Soft robotics is a growing field involving flexible robots that have several advantages over their rigid predecessors. Soft robots can squeeze into tight spaces, maneuver uneven terrain, and they are safer around humans. An international team of researchers is now developing artificial muscles to give robots the ability to grasp, stretch, and squish objects.

New Technique for Making Safer Robots

Soft actuators are emerging in robotics because they are small, affordable, and could potentially be safer around humans than traditional rigid robots. However, elastic actuators (stretchy membranes that get filled with air) usually must be connected to pumps and compressors in order to work. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany have developed an alternative.

This Machine Can 3D Print Custom Wiring

A new technique combines 3D printing with laser annealing to produce intricate conductive metallic...

Solar-Powered Cement Could Stay Lit for 100 Years

Roads and sidewalks could soon be lit without electricity, using a new type of...

Researchers Print Disposable Lasers

Buying new lasers could soon be as cheap and easy as replacing the blades...
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