5 Things For October: News Items You May Have Missed!

Helix Made a Foldable Bicycle  This startup wants to make the best folding bikes on the planet, but that's not possible without state-of-the-art manufacturing.
 
3D Printed Bionic Eye Could Restore Sight to the Blind  Michael McAlpine’s mother actually went blind after a surgical procedure, a tragedy which led the scientist towards the development of the world’s first “bionic eye,”
 
Bags, bottles being transformed into roadways — The future may be paved with recycled plastics. At least three projects around the world — in Australia, New Zealand
and the Netherlands — are putting down pavement made using recycled plastics in place of virgin asphalt. In Australia, Downer EDI Ltd. has used soft plastics such as bags along with the toner from used printer cartridges, glass and recycled asphalt in a 1,400-foot section of roadway in a Melbourne suburb.
 
Lego's Sweet Sustainability Plan: Plastic Made from Sugar Cane  The beloved maker of plastic toy blocks wants to inspire a new wave of manufacturers to take a more creative approach to sustainable manufacturing. 
 
Airbus, AMSilk partner for synthetic spider silk-based airplane parts  Aerospace enterprise Airbus and German manufacturer AMSilk will collaborate on the development of a prototype composite material made of resin and AMSilk's Biosteel fiber, which is composed of synthetic spider silk biopolymers. The material, expected to be launched next year, would be used for airplane construction in ways that could potentially replace carbon fiber as a more environmentally conscious, yet malleable and strong, option.
 
Report: Companies are using AR to improve IIoT functions — Companies across multiple industries are using augmented reality to enhance industrial internet of things technologies, such as predictive service and predictive maintenance, says a PTC report. "This report signals that industrial enterprise believes in the value of AR and [is] moving quickly to realize the competitive advantage it creates," executive Mike Campbell says.
 
Wing Anti-Frosting Fights Ice with Ice  A passive anti-frosting technology keeps airplane wings 90 percent dry and frost-free indefinitely – all without any chemicals or energy input. Instead, it uses the unique chemistry of ice itself to prevent frost from forming.

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Posted by Carol Tower on Oct 4, 2018 2:01 PM America/New_York