Gordon Murray Design of Menlo
Park, CA revealed its T.25 City Car at Oxford University this summer, saying it
was designed to significantly reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption,
both with the vehicle itself and in its manufacturing process. The T.25 car
program is intended to support a variety of power trains and fuels.
It was created under a
carbon-reduced manufacturing process called iSteam. "The iSteam process is a
complete re-think on high-volume materials, as well as the manufacturing
process and offers a significant reduction of carbon emissions," says Gordon
Murray, CEO of Gordon Murray Design. "The simplified assembly process means
that an assembly plant can be designed to be 20 percent of the size of a
conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly
plant by approximately 80 percent."
Hello, I noticed the size of the wheels and subsequent undercarriage. Is that design controlled more for aerodynamics and fuel economy or are there considerations for speed bumps and other road hazards? This world-leading 6meter turning circle with enhance urban maneuvering and parking sounds cutting edge but what about lifetime for the tires? The iStem process, is this whole robotic assembly situation that includes manufacturing the complete automobile, or are there suppliers that give you completed systems that you just install? Thank you for any answers you can give. I can't wait to see this car on the road in my hometown.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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