The SAE is presenting the Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress and Exhibition (http://rbi.us.ca/3850-549), held in metro Chicago on Oct. 26-28. Among the technical programs is the Off-Road Commercial Vehicles session, which will cover the "big three" for off-highway engineers—heavy-duty engines, electronics, and hydraulics. The program will also focus on all segments of off-highway vehicle technology, including farm, construction, and industrial machinery, as well as electro-hydraulic and high-pressure systems.
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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