Winners of the 5th annual CIAS Motor Trend International Design Contest were announced at the California International Auto Show, held in Anaheim, CA. Contestants were challenged to design a tuner car for the year 2020. Taking the top award (and $2,500 cash prize) for best of show, Steve Cook of Portland, OR redesigned a Dodge Charger R/T (below). The contest is aimed at amateur, student, and professional designers who, this year, had to choose a car make and model, and then include features applicable for the year 2020.
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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