DED Metal 3D Printing Goes Desktop with ADDiTEC > ENGINEERING.com

YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> Some startups jump into public view with a big splash. Others simply get in and start quietly swimming. This is the case for Las Vegas-based ADDiTEC, which introduced a comparatively low-cost desktop metal 3D printing system to no fanfare just six weeks ago. Unlike other firms that have garnered significant media attention and investment, but have been slow to ship actual products, ADDiTEC is entirely self-funded and is already delivering its directed energy deposition (DED) 3D printer to customers. Moreover, the technology is capable of printing both metal wire and metal powder, separately or in a hybrid fashion, which is, as far as we are aware, previously unseen in the industry. To learn more about ADDiTEC and its technology, we spoke to the company’s CEO and founder, Brian Matthews. Before we jump into the backstory of the company, you may want to know a bit more about the desktop DED technology that ADDiTEC is manufacturing. Dubbed the μPrinter (read aloud as “micro printer”), the system is a $90,000 machine capable of 3D printing b...

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Artificial Turf Filters SVG

PFAS chemicals have been identified in synthetic turf, according to lab tests performed on several samples of the artificial grass that were shared with The Intercept. The presence of the chemicals, members of a class that has been associated with multiple health problems, including cancer, adds to growing concerns about the grass replacement that covers many thousands of acres in parks, schools, professional sports stadiums, and practice fields around the U.S. In one set of tests, the PFAS chemicals were detected in the plastic backing of two samples of the turf. In another, in which the “blades” of the artificial grass were analyzed, scientists measured significant levels of fluorine, which is seen as an indication of the presence of the chemicals. “We’re seeing unexplained levels of fluorine-based compounds in all of the eight samples of turf grass blades we’ve looked at,” says Jeff Gearhart of the Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental research group based in Michigan that tested the turf blades. The samples of the blades that tested positive for fluorine were made by two different companies, Shaw Industries and Turf Factory Direct. PFAS chemicals are used widely to help ...

35 Clever Things On Amazon That Make Your Home Feel 10x More Organized & Inviting

When it comes to creating a cozy and inviting home, a few simple organization and decor tricks go a long way. And to make things even easier, there are tons of clever home things on Amazon to help make your place a haven for you and your loved ones. Give your kitchen a makeover with storage racks and stylish hanging baskets. In the bathroom, get organized with easy-to-install shower caddies, towel racks, or over-the-door hooks. For the living room, there are luxe-for-less touches like soft velvet throw pillow covers, a comfy ottoman, and scented fir candles. There are also lots of ways to stash often overlooked things so they’re tidy and easier to find when you need them. A clear acrylic jewelry organizer keeps your collection neat and getting dressed in the mornings less stressful. Over by the front door, a mounted mail sorter with key hooks can instantly make the area clutter-free. Whether you’re shopping for your own home or are looking for the perfect housewarming gift, there’s something on this list for every room — and they cover a range of price points, too. Scroll on for 35 of the most clever things on Amazon to make your home feel so much more organize...

New technology makes hair removal fast and almost permanent

Hair removal has been a point of discussion for decades. Unwanted hair doesn’t sound like much of a problem, but if you are a woman with dark hair on your upper lip and cheeks, it might bother you. A man with a pelt of hair on his back and neck might find it esthetically unpleasant. The same holds true for leg hair or other more intimate areas treated with waxing. These are not new issues, and over the years numerous techniques have been in vogue for hair removal. All of them unpleasant, some downright painful. Women have long suffered electrolysis, which, in addition to being painful, leaves an enlarged pore at the site of every hair follicle. Waxing, particularly bikini waxing, is a nail biter, and must be repeated frequently, and shaving or chemical depilation are old household methods. But times have changed. The gold standard is now laser hair removal. With the newest technology discomfort is minimal, the procedure is fast, and almost permanent. The bad news is that it takes a series of treatments based on the growing cycle of hair, and there is no short cut. There are several laser and laser-related treatments that work. Lasers generate energy in the form of heat. That hea...

Indiana Limestone Company Adds New LiteCore Natural Stone Composite Panel System to Signature Mix of Building Products

Indiana Limestone Company (ILCO), a leading supplier of natural limestone building products, today announced the launch of its LiteCore™ panel system. The new system provides the timeless look of natural stone in a lightweight, modular panelized system that combines high performance, design flexibility and labor-savings. LiteCore panels are available in a variety of natural stones including limestone, granite, or marble. The natural stone veneer is adhered to a high-performing aluminum honeycomb backing and fiberglass mesh that results in a 1-inch panel that weighs 80 percent less than solid dimensional stone panels, while boasting 60 times more impact resistance. Additionally, the predesigned panels are available in standard-sized units, do not require mortar or complex design layouts, and installs easily. Duffe Elkins, VP of Operations for ILCO, says the LiteCore panel system is a natural progression in product innovation to meet the unique challenges of modern construction. “Our LiteCore system truly allows construction teams to have the best of several worlds high design flexibility and labor-saving installation combined with the classic aesthetics and resiliency of ...

SAN JUAN — The United States, Mexico and Canada have reached an agreement to modernize the

SAN JUAN — The United States, Mexico and Canada have reached an agreement to modernize the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), to better serve businesses and workers by supporting “mutually beneficial trade,” leading to “freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth” in the three countries, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The agency said the deal includes key achievements in matters of intellectual property, digital trade, the de minimis chapter, financial services and the environment. “Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, we have reached an historic agreement on the USMCA. After working with Republicans, Democrats, and many other stakeholders for the past two years we have created a deal that will benefit American workers, farmers, and ranchers for years to come.  This will be the model for American trade deals going forward,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement. The announcement Tuesday in favor of the deal by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes approval of the USMCA more likely; however, “pockets of resistance remain and powerful business lobbies said they still needed to study th...

Form N-CSRS FIDELITY CONCORD STREET For: Aug 31

Beginning on January 1, 2021, as permitted by regulations adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, paper copies of a fund’s shareholder reports will no longer be sent by mail, unless you specifically request paper copies of the reports from the fund or from your financial intermediary, such as a financial advisor, broker-dealer or bank. Instead, the reports will be made available on a website, and you will be notified by mail each time a report is posted and provided with a website link to access the report. If you already elected to receive shareholder reports electronically, you will not be affected by this change and you need not take any action. You may elect to receive shareholder reports and other communications from a fund electronically, by contacting your financial intermediary. For Fidelity customers, visit Fidelity’s web site or call Fidelity using the contact information listed below. You may elect to receive all future reports in paper free of charge. If you wish to continue receiving paper copies of your shareholder reports, you may contact your financial intermediary or, if you are a Fidelity customer, visit Fidelity’s website, or call Fidelity at ...

SLD Laser demos high-power blue laser modules for materials processing applications

SLD Laser of Goleta, CA, USA (a spin-off from LED lighting firm Soraa Inc that is commercializing visible laser-based light sources and blue laser products for automotive, industrial, specialty lighting and display applications) has demonstrated compact, high-power, high-brightness, fiber-coupled blue laser modules for materials processing applications including copper welding for battery production for electric vehicles (EVs) and consumer electronic devices, as well as 3D printing. At Laser World of Photonics 2019 in Munich, Germany (24–27 June), the firm is debuting the blue laser module technology, and also demonstrating its UL and IEC safety-certified high-luminance LaserLight-SMD and LaserLight-Fiber products. “SLD’s blue laser light modules feature up to 12 times the absorption, processing quality and speed compared to infrared laser technology,” reckons says president, chief operating officer & co-founder Dr James Raring. “This technology produces superior results in copper, aluminum, stainless steel, as well as other metals such as nickel, gold, titanium and silver that are commonly used for plating, other thin metal processes and 3D printing,” he adds. SLD’s blue la...

Today’s children have a lot of things keep them occupied. But the trouble is, most of

Today’s children have a lot of things keep them occupied. But the trouble is, most of these things do not promote an active lifestyle. Video games are immersive and fun but they are played sitting down, and smartphones and tablets are good for nothing but thumb exercise. Indeed, going outdoors and being active seems novel to many children today. But what if you, as a parent, could make physical activity as fun as a video game? And what if you could get your child to be more active and actually enjoy it? Well, that’s the aim of the game with kid’s fitness trackers. Below, we have created for you a list of the top 10 kid’s fitness trackers in 2019. So let’s begin: The Nabi Band Compete is sold in pairs and it promotes cross-training with friends and family. You can take on other people in a variety of fun challenges and children can use teamwork to reach adult-like fitness goals, such as running a marathon. The device itself is made from silicone and it is available in a variety of colors. It doesn’t need charging because it runs off a regular watch battery which is user-replaceable and lasts 3 months at a time. Designed for ages 6+, this fitness tracker is compatible with iPhone ...

Kloeckner introduces NobelClad’s bi-metallic plates

Kloeckner Metals UK has recently formed a new partnership with NobelClad, a world leader in dissimilar metal bonding. It’s through these kinds of partnerships that Kloeckner has become one of the largest independent distributors of steel and metal products in the world. Composed of two dissimilar metals, bi-metallic plates are bonded by explosion welding, a cold precision explosion that retains the best properties of both metals. NobelClad has pioneered the use of explosion welding in dissimilar metal bonding. This innovative technique enables bonding in milliseconds, reducing the amount of heat required and therefore preventing any damage that can occur to the metals during the cladding process. NobelClad bi-metallic plates are renowned for the reliability and strength and are available in over 260 metal combinations. Belt Conveyor Vacuum Dryer Using NobelClad’s expertise, Kloeckner can advise the best welding solution and the combination of metals. This will ensure high mechanical strength, thermal and electrical conductivity, metallurgical bond, prevention of galvanic corrosion and reduces the weight of the product. Bi-metallic plates are used in a wide range of industries as...

Polystyrene food containers next targets in the war on plastic

Polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers are the next targets in the battle to phase out single-use plastics, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “Our ban on plastic bags has already made a difference as we confront our enormous long-term challenge to tackle plastic waste,” Ardern said.She announced the plan to phase out polystyrene containers in conjunction with the release of a report for dealing with waste. READ MORE:• Could ‘plastic shaming’ help NZ’s waste woes?• Provincial Growth Fund will spend $40m on crowd-sourcing ideas to reduce plastic waste• NZ’s green image let down by its huge plastic waste consumption: Study• Plastic sent to MPs in campaign against waste The Prime Minister welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand report, released by her Chief Science Adviser Prof Juliet Gerrard.”Many New Zealanders, including many children, write to me about plastic – concerned with its proliferation over the past decade and the mounting waste ending up in our oceans. “I share this concern for our natural environment – one that sustains our tourism, trade and our national identity,” ...

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