The new Space Technology Center, located in Mountain View, CA at NASA Research Park near the NASA Ames Research Center, opened in February as a consortium of academic, industrial, and government partners. The partnerships will focus on education, workforce development, research, and technology transfer in such fields as energy, information technology, biotechnology, sensors, and wireless communication. Among the courses offered to professional engineers is a graduate-level "Spacecraft Design" course series offered from the Stanford curriculum. For more info, go to http://researchpark.arc.nasa.gov/.
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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