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Digital Transformation in Healthcare I

Healthcare cost is on the rise and this is possibly one of the main reasons why there is so much interest in automation. It should however be noticed that in a few health care areas automation is sought to deliver better quality, like in pharma. Assistive automation in surgery is …

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Has Quantum Supremacy been achieved?

Scientists have been dreaming and discussing Quantum Computers for at least 50 years (for a nice timeline of ideas and implementation of Quantum Computing click here) but the construction of an effective QC has proved elusive. Big players, like Google, IBM, NASA in the US, National Scientific organisations in Japan, …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing VI

Additive Manufacturing – Market Having considered the various technologies in the additive manufacturing -AM- landscape let’s take a quick look at how the market is expected to evolve in this area. I chose the market evolution forecast for AM in the automotive sector because I find this sector particularly interesting …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing V

7. Directed energy deposition (DED) This technology can be considered as a variation of the Electron Beam Deposition, or other deposition technologies involving laser beams, discussed in a previous post. It is often used as a way to repair metal cracks by adding metal that becomes fused with the one …

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Ever heard of an anti-solar panel? Here it is.

In a recent paper , published on Joule, Stanford University researchers are reporting the successful creation of a device that is able to generate electricity by exploiting the difference of temperature that can be established during the night between the surrounding air and the surface of the device that is …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing IV

5. Material extrusion Material extrusion is probably the most known 3D printing technology by the mass market because it is the one used by small 3D printers that have reached an affordable price point for residential users. What we do not have is, generally, a captivating use case for keeping …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing III

4. Material Jetting The material jetting additive manufacturing technology is very similar to the ones already discussed, the difference is in the material used. Here the material has to be photosensitive (to UV light) whilst in the previous technology the material was either glued by a special chemical or fused/melted …

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Blacker than Black

Several dictionaries do not list the word “blacker” because black is supposed to be an “absolute” state, you cannot get something that is more black than black. A week ago I reported on the use of Vantablack by BMW to paint their X6 model and showcase it at the Frankfurt …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing II

2. Powder Bed Fusion – Laser fusion Power Bed Fusion based on Laser – SLS Selective Laser Sintering and SLM Selective Laser Melting,,  was invented over 20 years ago by EOS, a German company still on the leading edge in additive manufacturing tools. It is based on the use of …

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Digital transformation in Manufacturing I

The Digital Transformation in manufacturing is changing the whole value chain. In this series of posts I will bee looking at some of the technologies reshaping manufacturing and the implications on the whole value chain. The overall landscape is characterised by a growing digitalisation of each and every phase, starting, …

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