Motorola (www.motorola.com) is making advances in its carbon nanotechnology research. The technology (termed "nano emissive display" or NED) enables manufacturers to create large flat- panel displays that exceed the image quality characteristics of plasma and LCD screens at a reduced cost. It's feasible that NED could contribute to a wall-mounted television with a 50-inch or larger diagonal, but remain just 1 inch in depth. NED utilizes carbon atom nanotubes, less than one nanometer in diameter.
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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