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AMT Tech Report: Issue #218

"Government Motors" back at it. France is taking off with AM. Snapdragon-powered AMRs. The machinist's handbook for 3DP. Automation for medical. Techie, here's your weekly tech report.
Jul 29, 2022

Capital intensity is inversely proportional to innovation.

– Kevin Czinger, CEO, Divergent

1. ‘Government Motors’ Back at It

The Department of Energy has announced a $105 million loan for General Motors to produce EV batteries at their plant in Ohio. The loan is part of a $2 billion program to support the production of advanced battery cells for EVs. To be totally fair to GM, “the same program previously made low-cost loans to Tesla Inc, Ford Motor Co., and Nissan, including some funding for electric-vehicle battery production.” I can’t help but get flashbacks of the bailouts … Tough times, man.

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2. France Is Taking Off With AM

The Aerospace Development Facility (ADF) in Toulouse, France, is now using additive manufacturing (AM) to produce metal parts for aircraft. The facility is using a Renishaw RenAM 500Q multi-laser additive manufacturing system to produce parts from Inconel 718, a 90-plus-year-old, nickel-based superalloy. The system is said to be the first of its kind in the aerospace industry. The facility is also using a Renishaw RenAM 500M multi-material additive manufacturing system to produce parts from titanium. 

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3. Snapdragon-Powered AMRs

The Snapdragon isn’t just for smartphones and the latest in consumer electronics. It’s also good for advanced robotics (news to me – seriously)! ForwardX Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), has partnered with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., to develop new AMRs. The two companies will collaborate on the development of Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered AMRs, which will be designed to provide high-performance, energy-efficient computing for advanced robotics applications.

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4. The Machinist’s Handbook for 3DP

This book is a comprehensive guide to troubleshooting 3D printers. It covers a wide range of topics, from common problems to more advanced issues. The book is well organized and easy to follow, making it a valuable resource for anyone who owns or is considering purchasing a 3D printer.

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5. Automation for Medical

This article discusses how a small medical shop has embraced automation in order to improve efficiency and quality. The shop, which specializes in small batch production, has installed a number of automated machines and systems, including a robotic arm, an automated filling machine, and a machine that can inspect and sort pills. The shop has also implemented a number of quality control measures, such as regular testing of products and careful inspection of raw materials. As a result of these changes, the shop has been able to increase its production capacity and reduce its costs.

Read more here.

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Stephen LaMarca
Technology Analyst
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