5 Things For November
Aluminum bays connect to form floating bridges in 12 minutes
During firefighting efforts in areas in California, training exercises in Europe and even the invasion of Iraq, the US military has constructed temporary floating bridges, some of which can be built in just 12 minutes. Each bridge is made up of a series of 13,000-pound, 22-foot-long aluminum bays that unfold and are connected to extend across the water, allowing heavy equipment to temporarily traverse a waterway. https://www.wired.com/story/improved-ribbon-floating-bridge-calfire-florence-flooding/
Auto Bots Steer Manufacturing to New Heights
Because of their usually low profile, you may have overlooked the impact mobile robots have been having on manufacturing and logistics. With the next wave rolling out now, they will be impossible to miss.
3D-Printed Part Ready for Aircraft Carrier
Company officials compare the impact of additive manufacturing for shipbuilding to how new welding techniques improved on a legacy of riveting.
World's first 3D-printed steel bridge to be installed
Dutch robotics company MX3D has laid claim to the world's first 3D-printed steel bridge, which will be installed over a canal in Amsterdam in 2019 and eventually will have a digital twin. The bridge's smart sensor technology will allow engineers to track of its health, weight dispersion, air quality and more. http://www.3ders.org/articles/20181024-mx3d-releases-stunning-images-of-worlds-first-3d-printed-steel-bridge-2018.html
Hungry for Innovation: The Rise of 3D-Printed Food
While it may sound like something out of Star Trek, 3D-printed food is very real, and some believe that it will revolutionize the way we consume, prepare, and source our food.
New device simultaneously generates electricity, cools buildings
A team at Stanford University has developed a double-layered solar panel that can generate electricity and cool buildings at the same time. The device has a conventional upper layer, while its bottom layer consists of materials that produce an interior cooling effect by transforming a building's thermal heat into an infrared wavelength that can be passed through the atmosphere and into space.