Smart machine parts alert users to damage and wear

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Scientists from the United Technologies Research Center and University of Connecticut, US, are creating smart machine components which alert users to damage and wear. To create these components, the scientists are using direct write technology, an advanced form of 3D printing. Direct write technology works by extruding semisolid metal ink from a nozzle to draw fine lines. This silver filament – which can conduct electric current – is then embedded into 3D printed machine components. If any damage occurs to the component, it will alter the current. Therefore, the silver filaments function as damage detecting sensors. To assess the damage,…

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