Triple Eight Race Engineering of Banbury, UK entered the 2003 British Touring Car circuit with an edge over competitors: The team had swept the driver team and manufacturer titles the last two years. Enabling their fast times: software, including ALGOR and AutoCAD. Engineers used ALGOR's InCAD technology to exchange data with AutoCAD as they performed linear static stress analysis on the load-bearing components on their Vauzhall Astra Coupe race cars. Among the components they've optimized: the front upright, damper top mount, upper and lower engine mounts, and front anti-roll bar blade. ALGOR's full associativity has helped engineers improve their efficiency and quality of design, says John Morton, the team's chief designer. He plans next to use the software company's mechanical event simulation and linear dynamic analysis software to understand more about the dynamic behavior of the car.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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