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Planning for the new World – II

Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution We are already in the path of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the one characterised by a merging of the physical, digital and -at least for some- biological world. Personally I tend to limit the characterisation to the merging of physical and digital leaving the merging …

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It is time to reinvent the wheel

We have already moved quite a long way from Henry Ford’s famous statement: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” He didn’t actually wanted to limit customer’s choice, he wanted to produce a car that could be affordable for (mostly) …

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Self-repairing robots do have a sense of self? – II

The advance in smart material technologies includes the capability of self replication. Studies in this area started in the last decade and exploited the results of Nature: using DNA strings with attached molecules of materials scientists demonstrated the possibility of replication (see the image). Of course the replication instructions to …

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ElectroSkin for soft robotics

In the last ten years there have been several researches focussing on the creation of a sensory system for robots that could be as effective as the one of animals. Animals have a variety of sensorial capabilities, varying in different species. Most species (probably all) have touch sensors embedded in …

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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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Vantablack goes on the road

Back in 2014 I wrote a post commenting on the announcement of the use of carbon nanotube to paint an object in real “black”. Black is the color absorbing all light (visible) wavelengths, but in reality what we usually call black is something that is absorbing quite a bit of …

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