Sonobond Ultrasonics Inc. has been awarded a $441,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program. The project, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, is part of a $9-million, three-year research effort to develop ultrasonic metal welding technology suitable for the mass production of aluminum car bodies. With some development work, ultrasonic welding could serve as low-cost, environmentally friendly, lightweight alternative to resistance welding, friction stir welding, or riveting. For more info, go to www.sonobondultrasonics.com
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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