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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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Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
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