Using SolidWorks design software, Aurora, IL-engineering firm The DiMonte Group has designed a voting machine that will enable handicapped citizens, including the blind, to vote. The machine, to be manufactured by AutoMARK, will be beta-tested in Phoenix during this year's presidential election, and will be commercially available in 2005. With a touch screen, brail keypad, audio, and "sip and puff" technology, the AutoMARK machine is designed to comply with new federal regulations that take effect in 2006 mandating that all precincts in the U.S. provide technology to enable the handicapped to vote unassisted.
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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