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
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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