ITT Industries, Cannon (www.ittcannon.com) has introduced a 4-mm diameter dome switch capable of up to 2.5 million operations, compared to the dome life cycle of 250,000 to 500,000 operations typically required for cell phones. The company says the difference is important to cell phone makers who are incorporating gaming functions into 3G and WAP phones, thus demanding longer dome life. Keys to the new dome's performance include the nominal actuating trip force of 160g, which was exceeded by nearly fourfold (600g) during testing, the company 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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