On an industrial scale, 3D printing with shiny alloys is most important. Nowadays, companies can easily forget the seven-figure monster machines for something smaller and faster. The new six-figure production system uses an inkjet-like technology to turn powder and a binding agent into whatever cold, hard widget students of Engineering Colleges might desire. It uses 100 times faster laser methods used in current systems.
Rails need to stay straight, but floating bridges seize and drop with the water beneath. The East Link Bridge will complete in 2023. Its steel platforms and flexible bearings will let light-rail tracks stay in line. In the next 10 years, 50,000 travelers a day will ride 148,000-pound trains at full speed across the water in some of the foreign countries.
Repairing underwater infrastructure especially in cold conditions is rough on humans. It is a great appearance for a robot snake though. This slithery modular device spends all its time underwater. In the coming years, Eelume operators hope to station these tool wielding robot reptilians on the seafloor near cables or oil equipment and mobilize them quickly to I.D. and fix problems like leaky valves.
Five turbines bob in the nearly 400-foot-deep waters off the coast of Scotland, generating enough power to meet the needs of around 20,000 homes. This floating-wind-farm project is close to shore, but the design means that turbines could one day live farther out to sea. Here, the winds are stronger and the farms are less visible from land.
Eight 500-ton steel-boned “petals” sit above the main seating bowl in Atlanta’s newest stadium. It is covered in a durable translucent fabric; the petals expand 200 feet over the field, shielding fans and players from inclement weather. It opens and shuts like a camera aperture in as quickly as nine minutes.
This robot arm is cheaper than most of its assembly-line competitors and is skilled enough to assemble clones of itself. It is co-bot, which means it also plays well with humans. The collision detection system tells when a stray arm or finger enters the bots’ workspace, it reduces workplace disasters.
Lead-acid batteries help an individual start their car. The backup server farms and are 100 percent recyclable. But the hot process of smelting old lead into new batteries is fossil-fueled and dirty. However, the new refining method of Aqua Metals dissolves the Pb using a room-temperature electrochemical system. It is free of melting’s harmful emissions. It also produces purer, higher-quality lead than traditional methods.
The Digital-to-Biological Converter (DBC) can print genetic code based on digital instructions sent from anywhere. It is still a prototype, but with the working of errors, the inventors hope that hospitals will print off personalized medical treatments for patients or mass-produce vaccines to combat outbreaks. On a much more distant timeline, it could one day send organisms to another planet.