The company expects to better support the use of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, by releasing new OptiStruct solver capabilities for topology optimization. The company claims this new technology is the first tool developed specifically for designers of lattice structures.
To equip its flagship sedan for the challenge, Cadillac designers and engineers have built the CT6 on a unique vehicle architecture, an aluminum-intensive body structure that is fully one-third steel. Twenty-one patents are pending for the new full-size, rear-wheel-drive, transverse-engine configuration, a variation of GM’s Omega II platform.
Although many of the technologies used to great success in military applications--such as SWIR, RGI, and LIDAR--are costly, the cost could go down drastically if put in full production for off-highway equipment.
GM's all-new premium flagship sedan is about 200 lb (91 kg) lighter than the BMW 5 Series but offers the interior volume of the short-wheelbase 7 Series, thanks to what is arguably the industry’s most aggressive combination of lightweight materials, forming technologies, and new joining methods in a non-exotic sedan.
Remy International introduces the Delco Remy 38SI high output alternator featuring remote sense to reduce battery charge time and a stator design that improves horsepower requirements and fuel savings.
All 40 cars in the world's first all-electric racing circuit run a standardized powertrain, but the uniformity ends in the 2015/2016 season when each carbon fiber/aluminum monocoque chassis FIA Formula E racecar can be fitted with a unique electric powertrain.
Type RA Angstor multilayered polymer capacitors for 125°C (257°F) operation from Cornell Dubilier are impregnated with a microcrystalline polymer sealant and exterior tape wrap to protect the capacitor element from moisture.