One of the longest-running automotive engineering contests is Challenge X, a four-year contest with the goal of boosting mileage in a production vehicle without sacrificing performance and comfort. Ohio State University engineering students replaced the engine in their Chevy Equinox with a diesel, then added a 300V battery pack and electric motors. Analog components from both STMicroelectronics and Analog Devices handle the conversions for power sources, controlling the battery pack and helping determine when to switch from the internal combustion engine to electric motors.
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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