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.
A composite based on a high-performance PEEK-like resin we told you about two years ago when it was still in R&D has now been licensed by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for commercial manufacturing.
Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
NASA's been working on several different ongoing projects for 3D-printed rocket engine components in metals and now it's reached another first in aerospace 3D printing: a full-scale, 3D-printed rocket engine component made of copper.
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