Accounting for 10% of the advanced motion control market, stepper drives are seeing an annual revenue growth from $140 million in 2001 to an expected $165.8 million by 2008, according to market research company Frost & Sullivan. Leading the charge is Parker Hannifin with over 12% of the stepper drive market, followed by Schneider Electric with 10%.
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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