Plastic cable producer Igus Inc. has developed a tribologically optimized plastic plain bearing that requires neither oil nor grease as a lubricant. Since they are lubricant-free, no contaminants escape into the environment. The manufacturing of the bearing is also eco-friendly. The amount of oils used in plastics' manufacturing is also very positive in comparison with aluminum and steel production. Energy from 16 quarts of oil is necessary to produce 1 quart of aluminum, 12 quarts for steel. For 1 quart of plastic, only 1.9 quarts of oil is necessary.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
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.
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