Invensys Systems (www.invensys.com), maker of ArchestrA, an industrial software architecture, has launched the ArchestrA Community website (www.archestra.biz) to serve as an applications aid and communication tool for those interested in using the architecture. ArchestrA is designed for the assembly and integration of software applications and devices across a plant's automation framework. Third parties are encouraged to submit their own object templates built on ArchestrA technology to the website for review.
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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