Even under new ownership, Chrysler is still on track to sell China’s hot new world car, the Chery. Look for the car in Latin America by the end of next year. Introduction to the United States and Europe will be later, sometime in 2009, as the car is fitted with required safety and pollution controls. The car is heavy with parts from Visteon, but the fit and finish is poor, particularly for interior components. The plastic alloy cover for the air bag compartment, for example, isn’t quite flush with the dashboard. The car sells for $7,000 in China, and is assembled in a rural plant by workers who earn less than $2 an hour.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.