Reduction of the weight of automotive wiring is critical. Today, the average vehicle has 70-80 lbs of wiring on board. Many vehicles have more than that. And with some vehicles now incorporating more than 100 microcontrollers, the amount of wiring is going to continue to increase. At some point, the auto industry will hit a limit, though. It can't just keep adding wires.
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.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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