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New Materials in the Concept Car Also Generate Voltage Several close-to-commercialization materials’ technologies shown in the Chevy Volt provide significant other environmental and design benefits. Full Story High Tech Waste Bottles One of the more creative innovations in the Volt was the use of high-tech thermoplastic made from waste bottles. Universal PBT replacement would consume 22.5 million bottles. Full Story Let There Be LightThe roof, side glass, and beltline in the Chevy Volt are made of transparent, glazed polycarbonate material that is said to provide the scratch resistance and gloss of glass. Full story Delphi Studies Coating ChangeEngineers at Delphi Automotive are exploring the use of a thermoplastic to replace polyvinyl wire coating in cars. The idea was first shown on the Chevy Volt. Full Story Inductive Tool Heating Advances GE Plastics is exploring three developmental processes for forming thermoplastic composite sheets in the Chevy Volt. One uses electromagnetic induction heating of tools. Full Story
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Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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