Texas state officials and Sematech (www.sematech.org) are planning to set up a $200 million semiconductor research center in Austin, hoping that more than 4,000 new high-tech jobs will be generated in the next 10 years. The Advanced Materials Research Center, to be headed by the University of Texas system and other Texas universities, will focus on leading-edge materials and capabilities for next-generation semiconductors, as well as cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other related high-tech areas.
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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