Targeting the stent-manufacturing industry, this fully integrated system uses an integral linear-rotary design, offering two to five times higher throughput than screw-based or more traditional manufacturing, but it can still keep submicron tolerances on tight parts geometries. The system can produce as many stents as ordinary systems, but with fewer parts and taking up less floor space.
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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