Sporting a built-in Ethernet interface, 24 Mbytes of RAM, and a 100-MHz RISC processor, the Phaser 360 color printer from Tektronix costs $3,695. The 800-dpi unit uses solid inks, which users drop into slots and can reload on the fly. Printing rates are 6 full-color pages per minute and up to 5.5 color transparencies per minute--rates the company says exceed those of liquid-ink jets and color laser printers. As an incentive to make the move to color, Tek is offering free black ink indefinitely, which it says will let users create typical color office documents for five cents per page. Another plus: e-mail notification of paper jams, ink low, and paper out. Tektronix Inc.: Product Code 4204
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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