A spacecraft equipped with NDK (www.ndk-j.co.jp/english) surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices has been launched into space for its journey to asteroid "1986SF36" between Mars and Jupiter to collect samples and return them to earth. When it reaches 10m above the asteroid's surface, the spacecraft will drop a target marker onto the landing point, creating a collision impact that's equivalent to firing a cannon.
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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