For those worried about the longevity of fuel tank labels, Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (www.modroto.com) has a more enduring solution. The company can now provide custom fuel tanks with molded-in logos, warnings, illustrations, serial numbers, and other full-color designs. These polymer-based graphics become an integral part of the crosslinked polyethylene tanks during the rotational molding process—and they provide the same wall thickness and mechanical properties as the rest of the tank. Available in sizes up to 50 gallons, the tanks can serve in lawn-and-garden, marine, recreational, and construction applications.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
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.
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