In case you haven't noticed the fewer seconds it takes to chug a beer, the aluminum can has trimmed down its weight by about one-third. And that Bud may be back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days. With 63 billion aluminum cans recycled by Americans in 2000, the recycling rate has increased to 63%, up from 25% in 1975, as reported by the Aluminum Association (www.aluminum.org). Ultimately, those cans returned $1.2 billion to consumers and occupied a diminishing 1% of total landfills.
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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