The John A. Swanson Center for Product Innovation (www.engr.pitt.edu/scpi), part of the John A. Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering, has received a donation of $370,000 from ALGOR—including the company's design, analysis, and multiphysics simulation software and services. The Swanson Center provides industry and entrepreneurs with access to reportedly the only complete product development center in the Pittsburgh area. ALGOR's CAE software will be used early in the design cycle of new products.
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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