Engineers who feel they are in the dark about how their products are working in the field now have Nlighten, a web-based product from Ninatek (www.ninatek.com) that delivers field-performance data to engineers for analysis. Josh Siler, Ninatek's director of technology, says the product lets engineers see field-service reports and monitor performance at the part level, as well as do financial and reliability studies. "Basically, with that information you can decide whether it's worth the effort to change the design or just keep replacing parts," he says.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
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.
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