Software is a bigger factor in automotive design than steel or glass, exceeding more than a third of total auto production costs, according to a survey by VDC (www.vdc-corp.com/embedded/press/03/pr03-82.html). Software development costs now average 38 percent of production, up from 26 percent in 1999. The rise of electronics to control fuel economy, safety, and other aspects of driving push up labor costs and software licensing costs.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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