A new 3D solid modeling standard has been set at the request of Industry and the U.S. Government. ASME Y14.41, an extension of ASME Y14.5M, serves as a guide for CAD software packages to develop modeling and annotation practices. The standard comes in two forms: model only, and model and drawing in digital format. Among the developers of the standard are individuals from GM, Raytheon, EDS PLM Solutions, Ford, Lockheed Martin, and Purdue University. Check out www.asme.org/codes/pr/y1441.html.
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
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