THK's newest actuator has 200 percent higher load capacity than the original Type GL, using two caged ball type LM guides (Type SSR and Type SHS), and four raceways, instead of the standard two. It goes up to twice as fast as conventional types (at 5m/sec, and accelerations over 5Gs), due to the lack of metal-to-metal contact, plus tests show noise levels up to 15 dBA lower. It lubricates itself with gaps between rolling elements that retain grease. An aluminum extrusion base makes for a lightweight, strong construction. It comes with metric mounting holes, but inch mounting holes are available for the same price. Ball screw and belt-driven versions are available, the former with a QZ lubricator. They come in standard lengths of up to 3m, with custom lengths available. Accessories include bellows covers and a LaCS Scraper.
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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