Thrill-seeking engineers are now taking advantage of new propulsion systems in their mission to scare people to death. Top Thrill Dragster, at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH—the world's largest and fastest roller coaster—uses a hydraulic launch system to hurtle passengers from 0 to 120 mph in the 4-second launch period and to pull the 16 passenger trains up a 420-ft hill. Thanks to PLCs and an advance monitoring system, up to six trains can run on the tracks at the same time.
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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