Design engineers continued to see new products aimed at facilitating heat dissipation, a particular concern as electronic devices are put into more compact packages while pushing more power. Announced at the show was Raychem's low-thermal-resistance HeatPath(TM) gel family. The conformable gel easily fills gaps between components and heat sinks with minimal pressure applied, thus avoiding damage to delicate parts. Eliminated are clamping systems and tight tolerance control ...Also debuting was the DC 2406KL series of fans from NMB Technologies. These light (45 g), small (60 X 60 X 15 mm) fans produce only 19 to 34 dB of noise. Preloaded, shielded ball bearings and variable speed control via a separate heat sensor increase fan lifetime.
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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