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Naval Sea Systems Looking To Embrace 3D Printing Following Redesigned Bolt Tool

3D printing is the latest innovation in tooling, leading to the creation of 3D printed pressbrake and other tools, as well as a new 3D tie bolt anti-rotation tool for an airplane.

The latter is the latest endeavour made by the United States Naval Sea Systems Command, at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, which it then used in practical application, followed by an additional 100 orders for distribution throughout the NNSY’s Inside Machine Shop on land, as well as the force’s seafaring vessels.

The NNSY is the field operations of NAVSEA, which is specialized in repairing, overhauling, as well as modernizing the United States’ ships and submarines. It’s the largest, as well as the oldest facility operated by the US Navy, and has been noted for causing and creating many of the Navy’s latest innovations, like the construction of the USS Texas, the country’s first commissioned naval battleship.

The 3D printed bolt tool that they produced was made thanks to a collaboration between the NNSY’s Inside Machine Shop (Shop 72), and the Rapid Prototype Lab.

According to NNSY Lifting and Handling Specialist Jonathan Woodruff, the tool is an update on the yard’s current technology. He says that the department usually used a single tool for tie bolts, which he describes as akin to pliers with metal on the stop to stop the rotation of the bolts.

He says that the tool, while reliable, was tedious to use and was the only tool that the entire shop could use, which is why they decided it was time for a change.

The new tool was initially designed in 2D, before being 3D modelled in CAD, then 3D printed. The tool was tested for use during the design process, modified in order to meet specifications. The final prototype was then 3D printed in impact-resistant polycarbonate plastic, the material used for bullet proof glass and CDs.

Following the creation of the prototype, it was then present to the NNSY Rapid Prototype Lab, where it was tested, where it passed and was approved for use.

The overall cost for 3D printing up to eight tools in a single build ranges at a  mere $30, which is why the NNSY is considering rolling out the 3D printed tool out across the entire NNSY workforce, following the innovations in 3D printed tools and parts, like pressbrake and aircraft components.

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Sustainable Fuel Could Come From Azolla Next

Climate change is everywhere. Every nation is thinking of ways to reduce our fuel consumption while others focus on finding other sources of biofuel before our main source runs out. This is when expert trader and entrepreneur, Leonardo Gonzales Dellan, comes in with another prospect – Azolla could become the next source of biofuel if the possibilities are explored.

According to the popular trader and banker which is a native of Latin America, there is a need to study more and develop a new type of feedstock known as Azollla. This could become a source of biofuel and it could be cultivated and grown in Latin America. He expressed his belief that the Azolla plant has the potential to become a big investment for Latin America and it will also present the region the chance to have a say in developing sources of sustainable biofuels.

Furthermore, the competition remains for emerging markets that could provide sources of biofuels and it is an essential move for Latin America to be a part of the competition. According to researchers, the possibility is huge for the so-called green gold mine. Aside from being a source of biofuel, studies have shown that Azolla plant can be utilized as a green manure that can be used in rice fields, the plants can also be used as a feed supplement for a number of marine and aquatic creatures and it could also sustain terrestrial animals. There are a number of applications with the plant including water purifier, medicine, used to control weeds, fight mosquitoes, biofertilizer and even as human food.

The plant is aquatic in nature and its natural environment is similar to wastewater. It is utilized as feedstock in order to harvest bioethanol. When cultivated in contaminated body of water, a substantial amount of biomass can be created and the growth of the plant will greatly improve the water’s quality by eliminating the chemicals. According to Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, Latin America should capitalize and invest in Azolla as a major crop in order to dominate the biofuel market which is one step towards a more sustainable future.

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Brit Facing £100,000 Hospital Bills In Thailand Thanks To A Lack Of Insurance

A Brit who’s fallen ill in Thailand is now facing the possibility that he’ll be stranded in the Kingdom’s KohSamui island following his hospitalization, where his hospital bills have gone up into the thousands.

George Gannon, 29, woke up on September 25 and discovered, to his horror, that he could no longer speak or move his legs. The social media consultant and DJ, who has lived in the Kingdom since 2014, was hospitalized, where diagnosis revealed that he had a malignant brain tumour.

Now, the Basing stoke-born expat, is facing increasing medical bills, which include, among others, £3,500 for an operation, as he hasn’t consulted some of the best health insurance in Thailand meaning he was caught off-guard.

His family, who was informed of his condition by his girlfriend Natalie Hobbs, have been told that getting George back home would cost around £100,000. His 53-year-old mother, Sarah Evison, describes the situation as utterly terrifying. She says that she was in bed and noted that she had missed several missed messages on her phone. It wasn’t until she went downstairs that she learned that it was Natalie informing her of what had happened to George.

Doctors believe that the malignant tumor, located on the left side of his frontal lobe, could be a recurrence of his skin cancer, which he battled back in 2013. The self-employed consultant, who lives in KohPhangan reported about headaches for weeks before suddenly losing movement on the 25th of September.

They report that the best-case scenario for George that he could be home by three weeks, but they are uncertain of the matter. The doctors say that it was unlikely that something like this would happen, considering the operation George underwent.

The family has opted not to get the best health insurance in Thailand, and have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help George get treatment back home. In five days, they’ve already raised £20,000, which Ms.Evison describes as overwhelming and heartwarming.

She says that they’re quite lucky, receiving donations and messages from concerned people from across the world.  Even amidst the locals, people are holding raffles and bucket collections in KohPhangang.

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Law Firms In Latin America Focusing On Improving Economies

In over twenty years, international law firms have been captivated by the largest economies in the region of Latin America. The latest attraction in the region is the Pacific Rim because of the continued growth of the economies as well as maintained stability in countries such as Chile, Peru and Colombia. In fact, according to Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, many of the international firms that are based in Spain and United States are hoping to beat the established local firms. They are just waiting for the suitable partners that will help them achieve their goals.

Those international firms are motivated to continue with their goal to conquer because majority of the local firms all over Latin America are not able to dominate their foreign counterparts who have more established business structures. This is seconded by Jaime Fernandez Moreno, a consultant who established one of the top law firms in Argentina.

He added that firms in Latin America are just starting to have their own structures in order to be seen as professional which is an advantage for international firms who are already through that process therefore they can use more aggressive measures in the region.

Interest is also increasing in Colombia because of the recent peace agreement which they have been waiting for the past five decades of civil war. Add the fact that it has become a part of the free trade block which includes countries such as Mexico, Peru and Chile. As a whole, the zone is currently included in the top 10 largest economies in the globe. Due to the increased attention, pressure is piling up for established local firms because they have to compete with internationalization.

Top players in the field must choose whether to work on their own, create a regional model through mergers and partnerships or to completely merge with an international firm. The two countries with the largest economies are Mexico and Brazil. Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, a former player at a brokerage firm, said that while there are differences in the dynamics between the two, it is expected to change sometime soon.

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Divers Helped Save Thailand’s Dying Coral Reefs

Thailand is known for its beautiful coral reefs that many are coming to visit just to visit its diving spots. In fact, many are enrolling in dive instructor course in Thailand because of many certified instructors in the country and the courses are much affordable compared to anywhere else. One of the islands in Thailand with the best underwater scenery is Koh Ha. At 10 every morning, boats arrive in the island carrying snorkelers as well as divers. They are there to see the remaining coral reefs which are located 22 miles from Phi Phi islands in the south-eastern area.

Aside from the tourists arriving to marvel at the beautiful corals, many are also there in an attempt to save the remaining ones. It is no secret that many of the coral reefs all over the planet are already in danger of destruction. In a report from the United Nations Environment Programme, the longest coral bleaching in the world happened from 2014 until 2017 because of the continuous warming of the water.

In fact, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia which is the biggest reef system in the planethas already lost around 30 per cent of its total coral reefs. In a paper that was published in 2011 by the World Resources Institute together with UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Nature Conservancy, it is feared that over 90 per cent of the total corals in the planet will be gone by 2050.

This year is dubbed as the International Year of the Reef to increase the awareness of the public regarding the seriousness of the issue. There are efforts being done by conservationists and scientists to save the coral reefs but the process is quite slow and hard.

Divers are now volunteering in Thailand in order to save the corals. Those who are wishing to be a part of the rescue team should enrol in a dive instructor course in Thailand in order to be a part of the gardening project. This is done by growing them in nurseries before they are planted back into the reefs.

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Severe Weather Condition Cleared Football Stadiums And Cancelled Games In Iowa And Nebraska

College football stadiums had to be cleared after weather problems swept the state, causing delays and cancellation of games.

 

Cancelled Games at Iowa

Officials called off the games in Nebraska and Iowa after the weather problems during the football season’s first big weekend.

 

South Dakota State was set to play a game against Iowa State, but was cancelled after delays due to storms in Ames, Iowa. Several football stadiums were also affected, including the Memorial Stadium located in Lincoln. It had to be evacuated because of the severe thunderstorms just two hours after the game between Akron and Nebraska was delayed as well. So far, there hasn’t been any statement regarding its rescheduling.

 

On the day of the Iowa State game, lightning flashed and rain fell on and off, causing the cancellation after a 2-hour long delay. Iowa State was leading with a 7-0 score, with Kyle Kempt attempting to execute a touchdown pass to Deshaunte Jones who was 55 yards away. The ream old had ten plays and a punt, but the game was cut short. Throughout the game, the audience started to leave little but little, with only a few students remaining by the end.  Jamie Pollard, Iowa State’s athletic director, says that safety is more important.

 

Games at Nebraska

Over at Nebraska, clouds have already started forming hours before the game started, but it didn’t do anything to stop the players and spectators to witness the much-anticipated opener of the Cornhuskers. The stadium was already at full capacity half an hour before the start of the game, with enthusiasts wearing shirts in celebration of the arrival of Scott Frost, the new coach and former Huskers quarterback.

 

Tension was building up, and peaked as the team entered the field with the Husker’s “Tunnel Walk,” a tradition everyone looked forward to. However, right after that, an athletics official notified that lightning was detected within eight miles of the stadium. Lightnings require a minimum of a 30-minute delay. Fans remained in the stadium; dancing to the music and watching the match between Notre Dame and Michigan on the big screen, but within an hour, most left after the rain started pouring in. Another hour after, a severe thunderstorm started moving in, delaying the game indefinitely.

 

 

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