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Guiness Book: World's Largest Boat 3D Printed
Triple 3D Printing Record: Largest Object, Largest Boat, Largest Printer
Source: University of Maine
University of Maine's Patrol Boat Dirigo
This news story is an indication of the future of boat and other manufacturing. A team at the University of Maine just used the world's largest 3D printer (their own) to print the world's largest 3D printed boat, which also happens to be the world's largest 3D printed object. It's a triple winner of the Guinness Book of World Records for the University of Maine.
It took the team and the UM's 3D printer just 72 hours to 3D print the 25 foot, 5000 pound patrol boat. It's named Dirigo, which is Maine's moto in Latin for "I Lead". They used plastic polymer pellets and printed it in one piece. The cost is about $40,000 and it is seaworthy.
Big Future Applications
Dirigo was designed by UM's Advanced Structures and Composite Center as a demonstration of what massive 3D printing systems are now capable of doing. The University of Maine system is now capable of producing molds for boats, concrete casks and a lot more. They are working with the distinguished Oak Ridge Labs in a $20 million research collaboration on using bio-based thermoplastics to create 3D printed materials that are strong, durable and recyclable.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
One of the World's Largest: $2.3 Billion EV Battery Plant for Lordstown, Ohio
GM and South Korea's LG Chem Joint Venture
GM and South Korea's LG Chem are investing $2.3 billion to build an electric vehicle battery cell plant in the Lordstown area of Ohio, USA. The plant will be one of the world's largest EV battery cell producing plants. GM and LG Chem will break ground for the new facility in mid-2020 and the new plant will create 1100 jobs at the start of operations. The companies say this plant will be flexible enough to respond to rapid changes in EV battery technology needs. Those needs are accelerating with demand for greater range on less charge times, advancing with electric car technology and they are very expensive. GM CEO Mary Barra's Electric Vehicle Commitment
This is a very significant investment. GM CEO Mary Barra believes that the future of driving is electric. The lack of lithium-ion battery supplies, persistent production problems and the pres…
Continuous Supply of New Neurons Tied to Lifetime Learning & Memory Important Discovery by University of Pennsylvania Medical School Scientists
This is breakthrough research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The scientists have shown for the first time that brain neurons grow and develop over a lifetime from a single population of stem cells in the hippocampus region of the brain. That region is the brain's center of memory and learning. It's also a key area of reaction to stress and mood adjustments.
Why is This Important to You
The discovery underscores how a continuous supply of new neurons throughout life is the source of youthful like learning and memory throughout your life. The discovery was found in research on mice. And, it sets a new benchmark. It helps neuroscientists to determine how to enable youthful life brain conditions for memory and learning for all of us throughout our lives. It's also a path of discovery to repair and regen…