Lumileds (San Jose, CA) is supplying 460-nm (blue) LED light sources for curing dental filling polymers. Rather than conventional halogen lamps, which need to be filtered and produce high heat with short lifespans, the LEDs enable small, easily positioned hand pieces. The cool beam is safer to handle and, when turned on, is immediately at full illumination.
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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