A tempered glass bottom on a new cantilevered walkway will allow visitors to the Grand Canyon to look 4,000 feet straight down to the Colorado River. It's 10 feet wide and extends 70 feet from an anchor rock. The Hualapai Indian Tribe's Glass Walkway features 90 tons of glass and a million pounds of steel. A grand opening is set for March. Another footnote for scientists: According to a blog (citing an AP report), the Bush Administration supposedly won't let park officials reveal their estimate of the age of the park for fear of offending creationists. . Seems a little far fetched to me.
A new compression molding compound material combines the light weight, strength, and rigidity of carbon fibers with the flexibility and lower cost of glass materials in a composite compatible with automotive production.
Plastic bearings are real and millions of them are in use doing heavy-duty jobs we used to think only metals could do. Some of Germany-based igus's bearings are traveling around the world as functional parts in a car to demonstrate what they can do.
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.