Look for more aluminum and carbon fiber composites in European cars as producers drive to meet reduced carbon dioxide goals established by the European Union. Despite opposition form luxury car brands in Germany, EU regulators said new-car fleets in 2012 must emit an average 130 g/km of carbon dioxide. More than one fifth of vehicles sold by Peugeot already emit less than 120 g/km.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
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