Detroit-Chevrolet engineers say that the Avalanche, which was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January, is neither a pickup nor an SUV. Although it has four big doors and comfortably seats six passengers, it can haul 4 X 8 ft sheets of plywood or drywall. The key: the Convert-A-Cab concept, which works like a trunk pass-through.
Convert-A-Cab enables users to reconfigure the vehicle, stretching its bed from 5 ft, 3 inch to 8 ft long. The vehicle, to be introduced to the public in 2001, is also expected to make heavy use of composites.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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