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AMT Tech Report: Issue #222

Montana zones for AM. Semiconductor reshoring. ‘Wind turbine blades could be recycled into sweets.’ Robots, cobots, and AGVs, OH MY! Today’s college kids in VT can get paid to machine.
Aug 26, 2022

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

– Arthur C. Clarke

1. Montana Zones for AM

Montana has become the first U.S. state to give regulatory approval for 3D printed walls in construction. The approval was given by the Montana Building Codes Bureau, and it means that construction companies in Montana can now 3D print walls for buildings. This is a significant development, as it means that AM can now be used in construction projects in the United States. This will certainly lead to an increase in the use of additive for construction as more states give regulatory approval.

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2. Semiconductor Reshoring

The CEO and co-founder of Paragraf, a British startup commercializing graphene-based electronics, has threatened to move its base to the United States due to the lack of a government semiconductor strategy and challenges attracting talent post-Brexit. Its primary products, the graphene hall effect sensor range, are used in a vast array of industries, including aerospace, healthcare, and quantum computing. Man, what a relief it is to hear that we’re not the only ones with a dysfunctional government. 

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3. ‘Wind Turbine Blades Could Be Recycled Into Sweets’

Wait … what? Yes, you read that right. No, that’s the actual title in all its glory. See, wind turbine blades are typically made of fiberglass and are notoriously difficult to recycle. According to the article, however, Michigan State University (MSU) has developed a fiberglass-reinforced resin that can be infinitely recycled into larger blades or “other products, including countertops, car taillights, nappies, and even gummy bears.” OK, listen – I know I’m not really one to watch what I eat, but no flippin’ way am I about to ingest fiberglass gummy bears. There must be something in the Michigan water supply.

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4. Robots, Cobots, and AGVs, OH MY!

There are many different types of automation systems available on the market, and knowing which one is right for your business can be difficult. This buying guide will help you understand the different types of robots and automation systems available and how to choose the right one for your needs.

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5. Today’s College Kids in VT Can Get Paid To Machine

A machining program at a community college in Vermont allows students to earn a paycheck while getting free college. The program is designed to help students learn machining skills while also providing them with real-world experience. The program is open to all students, regardless of their financial situation. Where was this when I was at Norwich?

Read more here.

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Stephen LaMarca
Technology Analyst
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