Smart grid is going to top all the "top 10" predictions lists we'll soon see regarding which technologies are going to be coming to the fore in 2012. It's firing on multiple economic cylinders, as far as encompassing innovation, efficiency (ROI), and infrastructure. The build-out of the smart grid will be an economic engine as much as a technological one.
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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