A European consortium has a budget of $2.2 billion to reduce carbon dioxide, nitrogen monoxide and noise emissions by 50, 80 and 50 percent respectively by the year 2020, and to introduce more environmentally friendly aircraft components. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Applied Materials Research (IFAM) are developing adhesives that produce more durable and safer bonds than current methods. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nanosystems are working with micro and nanotechnologies in order to integrate sensors into components.
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.