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.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
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