3D Printed Metal Parts: Higher Tech Means Higher Quality

(DGIwire) – Quality control (QC) is a must in all manufacturing—and the 3D printing of metal parts is no exception. Since the metal components used in everything from airplanes to medical prosthetics must adhere to the customer’s required dimensions down to extremely small scales, techniques must be utilized ensuring that every part delivered meets high […]

Diabetes: 3 Exciting Recent Discoveries

(DGIwire) – According to the World Health Organization, diabetes affects more than 420 million people worldwide. For those who are concerned about this condition, it is natural to wonder what kinds of discoveries are being made today that could potentially lead to better care. Here are three exciting advances from the frontiers of diabetes research […]

Autonomous Electric Vehicles: Recharging ‘on the Go’ Makes ‘Cents’

(DGIwire) – Many people envision a viable future for driverless or autonomous vehicles—with seven out of 10 Americans expecting them to be common within the next 15 years, according to a recent survey reported by The Washington Post. Yet as exciting as this technology may be, there is still a challenge to be overcome. If […]

In North Carolina, a Battery Revolution May Be Brewing

(DGIwire) – In 1903, North Carolina hosted the Wright Brothers’ first-ever airplane flight. More than a century later, the state is still the home of technical innovation. One manifestation is the “Joules Accelerator,” a Charlotte, North Carolina-based program initiated in 2013 and dedicated to advancing the city’s reputation as a hub for energy-focused companies. The […]

The Factories of the Future Could Feature 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – Factories made the Industrial Revolution possible. But as much of a technological marvel as they were when they arrived in the 18th and 19th centuries, factories have limitations that are obvious in the 21st. For example, as a recent article in WIRED points out, factories are not “reprogrammable”—to make different products, a factory […]

Shaping the Future of Energy Storage

(DGIwire) – Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles (EVs) because they pack a powerful punch—with what’s called a “high energy density.” But they also contain highly flammable chemicals, called electrolytes, that can become unsafe if overcharged. While work is ongoing to address this problem, another solution has presented itself: supercapacitors, […]

3D-Printed Metal Parts Take to the Skies

(DGIwire) – The aviation industry is paying more attention than ever before to the potential of 3D metal printing. That is the message of a recent article in InsideMRO, which notes that the industry’s focus is moving beyond aircraft engines to a variety of other components and structures. Various aviation companies have already begun printing […]

Powering Up Now: The Global Electric Vehicle Market

(DGIwire) – Things are moving quickly in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). According to a recent industry report from Frost & Sullivan, global sales of EVs are poised to climb to 1.6 million in 2018 and further upward to two million in 2019. EV sales across all major regional markets are on the upswing; […]

Can Fast-Charging Electric Vehicles Pay for the Roads They Drive On?

(DGIwire) – With the goal of going green and improving air quality, the UK government announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040. Good for the environment? Yes. But will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be one distinct tax challenge […]

Charging That Electric Vehicle? Soon It Might Not Take as Long

(DGIwire) – The UK government recently announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040, according to a recent article in TransportXtra. Good for the environment? Yes. Will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be three distinct challenges to overcome, writes Stephen […]

Can Algae Keep Animal Feed Antibiotic-Free?

(DGIwire) – For whom are the majority of antibiotics sold? Not humans—but farm animals. As recently noted by STAT, livestock and poultry producers have come to rely on medicated feeds and routine administration of antibiotics to promote growth and productivity. Unfortunately, the widespread use of medication in animal feed can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria […]

Buying an Electric Vehicle? 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Every driver who decides to “go electric” faces the same anxieties about recharging. As USA Today recently reported, recharging is one of the most complicated parts of owning an electric vehicle (EV), especially since—outside the home garage—charging stations can be few and far between. The good news, reports the newspaper, is that powering […]

Electric Vehicles: Only as Good as Their Batteries

(DGIwire) – Will battery electric vehicles (EVs) save the planet? If they succeed, it will certainly have a lot to do with the kind of batteries they utilize. One of the reason EVs improve on traditional cars is because the latter utilize lead-acid batteries, which—although relatively cheap and recyclable—exploit workers using unsafe methods to do […]

The EV Revolution Is Near: Are Utilities Ready?

(DGIwire) – There has been a steady stream of headlines heralding the dawn of the battery electric vehicle (EV) era. Yet one large piece of the puzzle may still need to fall into place: ensuring that electric utilities are ready. A recent report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), featured on the transportation news […]

Electric Bikes Pedal Toward Future With Carbon-Ion Batteries

(DGIwire) – Most of today’s electric bicycles are powered by lithium-ion batteries. But that technology has its drawbacks. As reported in Electric Bike Action magazine, when some bikes were switched from lead-acid to Li-ion in the early 2000s, the batteries could catch fire, and a few people burned their garages to the ground when charging […]

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