Automotive

Five materials science wonders to watch in 2016

By April Gocha / December 30, 2015

Now that we’ve relived the best of Ceramic Tech Today from the past year, it’s time to turn towards the future—here are my predictions for the top five materials science topics that will take center stage in 2016.

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Local Motors debuts new LM3D Swim to drive mass production of 3D-printed cars

By April Gocha / November 18, 2015

While Local Motors’ previous 3-D-printed car Strati was a prototype, the company has taken the concept one giant leap further—at this year’s SEMA show earlier this month, Local Motors debuted the LM3D Swim, its first attempt to enter 3-D printed cars into the mass production market.

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Scaling up: Three materials manufacturing trends to watch in honor of National Manufacturing Day

By Stephanie Liverani / October 2, 2015

Today, manufacturing companies and other organizations all over the country are expected to host about 400,000 people who want a first-hand look into U.S. manufacturing. And we’ve provided a roundup of the latest materials manufacturing trends we’ve covered at CTT.

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Move over, Tesla—Apple accelerates plans to build an electric car

By Stephanie Liverani / September 23, 2015

After much speculation this summer about whether or not Apple is driving forward plans to develop an electric car, The Wall Street Journal reports that the tech giant has designated the project internally as a “committed project.”

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Ceramics help Bloodhound keep its cool during record attempt for world’s fastest vehicle

By April Gocha / August 26, 2015

U.K.-based heat management specialist Zircotec is helping out the Bloodhound SSC team with some special ceramic solutions that will protect the car from extreme heat that will be generated during the car’s rocket-powered run.

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Vehicle upheaval: Can fuel cells take on the automotive market?

By April Gocha / August 18, 2015

Everything seems to be changing in the automotive world today—cars are getting lighter, smarter, and more efficient than ever before.

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New application method creates scale-up opportunity for diamond-like fuel-saving coating

By Stephanie Liverani / August 12, 2015

With fuel saving and lower emissions in mind, researchers at Fraunhofer Institute have zeroed in on an application method for applying diamond-like coatings to reduce friction on vehicle components—such as engine parts—that they say can be scaled up and easily integrated with existing coating machines.

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Nanostructuring glass–ceramics controls their electromagnetic properties

By April Gocha / July 14, 2015

Researchers at Technische Universität Wien have developed a simple nanostructuring technique that can precisely control the electromagnetic behavior of glass–ceramic circuit boards.

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Strontium aluminate keeps Nissan Leaf’s glow-in-the-dark paint shining bright after the sun sets

By April Gocha / May 8, 2015

Nissan’s European arm is the first vehicle manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark paint to a vehicle—and the results are glowing.

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Get outta my dreams, get into my futuristic Chevy FNR concept car

By April Gocha / April 24, 2015

According to a GM press release, Chevrolet’s new FNR concept car “boasts a futuristic capsule design”—which may be the biggest understatement we’ve ever heard.

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