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.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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