When National Instruments announced the availability of a LabView preview program for Mac OS X at Macworld last month, it got an overwhelming response from academics and engineers. "Frankly, it was double what we expected," says Kris Fuller, LabVIEW Product Manager.
"I think the most compelling feature of OS X is Unix underneath. A lot of engineers are really excited about having an easy front end." That's not surprising, given that UNIX is the operating system of choice for engineers on workstations. On the Mac for 15 years, this newest version of the software runs on all systems with Jaguar. LabView, which allows engineers to create applications for data acquisition, analysis, and presentation, is in use today by 24,000 companies. That number may be about to go way up. (For more information on LabVIEW for Mac OS X, go to http://www.ni.com/mac/lv_macos_preview.htm)
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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