It’s not often you read about engineers in the financial pages, but that’s exactly what happened yesterday when the Wall Street Journal posted a story that a leading engineer named Mike Donoughe left the company, possibly over frustrations in efforts to redesign mid-size cars. Donoughe headed ”Project D” , which is described as a crash program to replace the Sebring. Various bloggers claim that Donoughe was upset over the pace and direction of the project. Chrysler’s PR staff says there was no friction. Taking over Project D is Mark M. Chernoby, VP of core components, processes, and international engineering. Donoughe had been with Chrysler for more than 24 years.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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