Special Digital Edition: 3D Printing Comes of Age
From spacecrafts to robots to a wide array of medical applications and high fashion, 3-D printing is fast becoming a staple tool for companies across multiple industry sectors to more cost effectively and efficiently produce highly complex and custom products. Prices for 3-D printers are rapidly coming down and the breadth of materials choices is continuously expanding. The editors of Design News have put together a round up of articles covering the latest advancements in the area of 3-D printing not to mention a look at the broader trends.
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The Landscape of Industrial Manufacturing and Warehouse Robots
In this Design News e-book we're going to clear up the differences between traditional manufacturing robots and cobots working with humans on the factory floor and in warehouses, including industrial mobile robots. We look at differences in the robots themselves, as well as the different jobs for which they're used, as well as the real impact cobots are having.
3D Printing with Metals for Design Engineers, Explained
Using metals in 3D printing for industrial series production is getting real, and not only for aerospace, biomedical, and automotive uses. Those are still the leading industrial application sectors, but they're not alone anymore in this alternative to traditional metal fabrication for end-use parts. Additive manufacturing for end-production is complex. Using metals AM for end-production is even more complex, and can be confusing to anyone that's new to the topic. In this special report, we've gathered some guidelines for engineers on designing for 3D metals printing, and how it differs both from traditional metals techniques like casting, as well as 3D printing with polymers. We've also included some advice on integrating this non-traditional manufacturing method into a company's culture.
Basic Lithium Battery Tech
Understanding the basic technology and the limits of the materials that make up lithium ion batteries makes it easier to assess their strengths and weaknesses. This e-book will explain some of the basics of lithium and lithium ion battery technology and help you understand how these engineering and materials innovations are enabling an exciting future with electrification.
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