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AMT Tech Report: Issue #297

FusionGPT. More warehouse humanoids. Aerospace coalition ensures integrity. Digital twins for... marketing? 3D printed speaker enclosure.
Mar 01, 2024

“Never be limited by other people’s imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”

– Dr. Mae Jemison

1. FusionGPT

An AI recently figured out how to smash two atoms together! So, what’s next? Mutually assured destruction or a (seemingly) infinite well of energy? Regardless, a sun’s worth of power hypothetically could be coming out of New Jersey, thanks to some Princeton researchers. The team's AI, trained on DIII-D National Fusion Facility data, predicted and prevented tearing instabilities in real time, improving plasma stability.

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2. More Warehouse Humanoids

Not for nothing, but Boston Dynamics’ CTO, Aaron Saunders, said humanoids aren’t the best choice for warehouse automation a while back, and, well, it seems some robotics companies have retorted with “hold my beer.” Respect. The Figure 01 humanoid, designed for autonomous warehouse tasks, showcases its ability to pick up and move boxes. It learns through teleoperation and simulated learning, adapting autonomously and making real-time corrections.

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3. Aerospace Coalition Ensures Integrity

A lot of companies use the adage “There is no policy until you need a policy.” Unfortunately, bad things have happened in the aerospace industry to necessitate an “integrity coalition”! Bad things like unauthorized parts with forged certifications. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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4. Digital Twins for… Marketing?

We (AMT) have been talking about digital twins a lot – almost as much as supply chain but not as much as additive. Yet, I’ve never discussed how digital twins streamline content creation and offer sustainability benefits by cutting down on extensive photoshoots. Well, by pulling a digital twin into different platforms (like Photoshop), marketers can manipulate the model for different campaign segments, redefining omnichannel marketing and enabling versatile content creation – all from the comfort of their desktop.

Read more here.

5. 3D Printed Speaker Enclosure

Movie time! It’s been almost a year since I’ve forced #youpeople to read some nonsense regarding high-fidelity audio reproduction. Listen (zing!), there’s always a lot going on in the audiophile world – it’s not my fault it often intersects with our world of manufacturing! Only this time I’m not pushing $600 earbuds on you. This time it’s free! Well, open source. But you don’t need to be an MTConnect engineer to know they’re almost the same thing.

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Stephen LaMarca
Technology Analyst
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