There are several options for producing low-volume plastic parts that achieve commercial quality levels. These processes, normally associated with prototyping, are now increasingly being used for low-volume production.
Michael McAlpine from the University of Minnesota will discuss the role of 3D printing and imaging in the development of multifunctional devices; Phil Magney, an advisor on autonomous vehicle technologies, will explore the future of automated driving.
Suitable replacement parts can be printed from recycled materials such as PET bottles when logistics chains are stretched, with the PET filaments, produced by recycling, just as strong and flexible as commercially available filaments.
The device would be surgically implanted into the injured area of the spinal cord, where it serves as a type of “bridge” between living nerve cells above and below the area of injury, said University of Minnesota researchers.