To reduce the risk associated with high-speed police accidents and the potential for fuel leaks that accompany them, Ford has announced that it is developing a fire suppression system as a factory option for the 2005 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Built in conjunction with Aerojet, a U.S. military supplier, the system determines the optimal time for deploying the fire suppression material by measuring post-impact vehicle movement using advanced electronics and on-board sensors. More information can be found at www.cvpi.com, which is dedicated to improving communication between law enforcement personnel, independent experts, component suppliers, and Ford employees.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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