While working for the California-based VISX Corporation, Charles Munnerlyn pioneered the first laser-based systems for vision correction, a technology that has improved the lives of millions of people the world over. The Ph.D. optics engineer, who was the 2001 Design News Engineer of the Year, discusses the optic field’s newest challenges with Contributing Editor Larry Maloney.
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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