Boeing is now implementing design modifications to the Dreamliner 787 to correct problems reported last June. Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says in a new blog post: “We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe. We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe.” He said work will begin soon of other test 787 aircraft. Tinseth did not provide specifics on the nature of the fix.
Photo shows the static airframe for the Dreamliner
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.