Sonic welding is now being used to crimp wires, cables, flex circuits, and other products where gas-tight and moisture-resistant connections are needed. The Sonicrimp technique, developed by Methode Development Co. (www.methode.com/mdc/), is said to be the first that works with these products, using a combination of high pressure and sonic energy to complete the electrical connection. Problems—including solder bridging and silver migration—are eliminated with the Sonicrimp technique, which can even be used on flat flex cables often used in automotive applications.
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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