Flying may become a more serene experience for those traveling on the new 737 NG Boeing Business Jet. Engineers have completed tests on a new active noise and vibration control system, supplied by the LORD Corp., which has provided engine isolators and mounts, hydraulic pump, and interior isolators for a variety of aircraft. Sound pressure levels dropped an average of 8 to 12 decibels for N1 engine tones. That's significant, especially when you consider that decibels are logarithms of sound levels. Now, if only someone could do something about those screaming babies.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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