At the 2016 CES in Las Vegas, Volkswagen provided a glimpse into its electric future with an all-electric BUDD-e minivan concept. It would be the first model based on a new company "technology matrix" for electric vehicles called MEB, short for Modular Electric Drive Kit.
Called the FFZero1, the exotically styled, carbon-fiber-bodied machine—a “high performance electric dream car,” as it was presented to the audience—features interesting battery-pack design and capability to package one to four electric traction motors, delivering up to 1000 hp (746 kW) to two or four drive wheels, depending on configuration.
Purdue University has developed a new system that allows a 3D printer to produce functioning products with enclosed electronic and motorized components and customized devices such as a computer mouse molded to a user's hand.
The company is well on its way increasing its market presence, with worldwide military products that include 1800 aircraft sold to 70 countries, with 145 operators and over 5 million flight hours accumulated.
GE’s proprietary scatter|correct technology enhances defect detection and analysis as well as 3D metrology in mobility sectors including aerospace, automotive, and off-highway. It can be applied to high scattering materials such as steel and aluminum, composites, and multi-material samples.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies has formulated Gap Filler 3500LV to deliver high thermal conductivity of 3.5 W/m-K and the mechanical property benefits of a silicone, but with low volatility for reduced outgassing.
Mentor Automotive has introduced its A²B Analyzer, which the company claims is the industry's first third-party development platform supporting the Automotive Audio Bus—or A²B—technology developed by Analog Devices.
Nominations for the fourth annual Altair Enlighten Award are now being accepted, with the 2016 award program including two distinct categories recognizing vehicle lightweighting: full vehicles and modules.
Messring, in cooperation with carbon fiber specialist Wolf Composite Solutions, has developed a new hybrid solution that enables testing of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems according to both U.S. and EU procedures.