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Stanford University researchers have developed an all-carbon, thin-film prototype solar cell that they say could reduce the manufacturing costs associated with rigid silicon solar panels.

Stanford University researchers have developed an all-carbon, thin-film prototype solar cell that they say could reduce the manufacturing costs associated with rigid silicon solar panels.

T-Ink Inc., New York, offers a "thinking ink" technology that reportedly can replace physical switches, wire and sensors with printed components that create circuits without wires, as the company illustrated in a recent video animation of the process used to make an automobile overhead light.

T-Ink Inc., New York, offers a "thinking ink" technology that reportedly can replace physical switches, wire and sensors with printed components that create circuits without wires, as the company illustrated in a recent video animation of the process used to make an automobile overhead light.

Keigo Fukumoto, representing Fukui Byora Co., Ltd, Fukui, Japan, during the recent ICOMM 2012 gathering at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., offered a brief backround about the company and its Cold Heading Technology.

Keigo Fukumoto, representing Fukui Byora Co., Ltd, Fukui, Japan, during the recent ICOMM 2012 gathering at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., offered a brief backround about the company and its Cold Heading Technology.

Stephen Malone, applications engineer at Aerotech Inc., provided a brief overview of the company's micro positioning stages during the ICOMM 2012 gathering held in March at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

April 13, 2012—With about 150 attendees turning out for the 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM 2012) held March 12-14 at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., conference organizers hailed the balanced attendance from Asia, Europe and North America as a first for the annual gathering.

April 13, 2012—With about 150 attendees turning out for the 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM 2012) held March 12-14 at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., conference organizers hailed the balanced attendance from Asia, Europe and North America as a first for the annual gathering.

soStratasys, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Optomec Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., have partnered in a joint development project to merge 3-D printing and printed electronics to create what Stratasys is calling the first fully printed hybrid structure, according to a release by Stratasys.