3M introduced a new automotive window film, called FX Premium, which is manufactured without any metals to avoid interference with signals for cell phones and GPS systems. 3M says FX Premium also provides 99 percent UV protection, which helps reduce cracking and fading of trim, upholstery and carpet, while also protecting passengers from UV rays. The plastic used in the film is polyester.
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.
Researchers at MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory are developing shoulder- and hip-mounted robotic arms to help workers in aircraft manufacturing perform difficult or complex assembly tasks that would normally require two people.
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