Norway’s Electric Vehicles Get a Charging Boost

(DGIwire) – Norway loves its electric vehicles (EVs). According to the Norwegian Road Foundation, about 60 percent of new cars sold in March 2019 in the country were EVs. A recent news item on AutonomousVehicleTech.com reported some good news for all those EV owners: a new joint venture between to build ultra-fast charging units to […]

A Unique Solution to Assessing 3D Printed Metal Parts

(DGIwire) – Even as metal 3D printing becomes increasingly common, checking the resulting manufactured parts for structural faults is still a big challenge. A recent article on All3DP.com spotlighted a unique approach to overcoming this problem: freezing the printed parts in ice. According to one researcher at the University of Cincinnati, encasing a 3D printed […]

A Potential Perk for Electric Vehicles Wins Top Honor

(DGIwire) – Every year, the IDTechEx Show in Germany presents some of the most exciting emerging technologies around the globe. Recently, as reported by the Associated Press, a company named ZapGo Ltd was selected as the winner of the award for “Electric Vehicles: Most Significant Innovation.” ZapGo was recognized for its grid storage solution for […]

3D Metal Printing: What Metals Are Best?

(DGIwire) – Metal additive manufacturing (AM)—better known to the general public as 3D metal printing—is steadily increasing in popularity. One of the chief questions facing companies that are considering the use of this manufacturing option involves the ideal choice of metals. In a recent article in Machine Design, Sigma Labs co-founder Mark Cola discussed this […]

Next Stop on the Bus: Ultra-Fast Charging

(DGIwire) – An all-electric bus fleet is great for the environment—especially at a time when the world’s population centers are growing into megacities clogged with traffic. But the idea presents a challenge. How can sufficient energy be supplied to recharge hundreds of buses simultaneously at night? With an electric fleet, energy needs to be available […]

Super-Fast Charging: The Next Step in Electric Vehicle Evolution

(DGIwire) – As of late 2018, there were more than three million electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid cars in use worldwide, according to an article in Power Technology. It would be sensible to assume that EVs are on their way to market dominance, but this expectation fails to take into account a major roadblock: […]

3D Metal Printing Moves Into the Manufacturing Spotlight

(DGIwire) – Over the past several years, 3D printing has steadily been edging its way into greater numbers of materials and applications than ever before. Today, for example, 3D printers are being considered as a means to produce stainless steel 5G smartphones, high-strength alloy gas-turbine blades, and a wide range of other complex metal parts, […]

Cooperation Is Key to Advancing 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – In any complex endeavor, working together as a team can produce results far richer than those possible when working alone. The progress of 3D metal printing is a perfect case in point. As recently reported in MachineDesign.com, Sigma Labs, a provider of in-process quality assurance software for additive manufacturing under the PrintRite3D® brand, […]

What’s Hot in Latin America? Electric Vehicles

(DGIwire) – In November 2018, South American observers at Chile’s port of San Antonio would have encountered a striking scene: 100 brand-new electric buses rolling off a cargo ship from China. As recently reported in The New York Times, they were headed to the capital city of Santiago, where they were slated to be incorporated […]

A New Wave of Electric Vehicles Is On the Horizon

(DGIwire) – The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is set to experience massive growth, according to a recent article in Investor’s Business Daily. In a field dominated by Tesla, whose Model 3 dominated EV sales in the U.S. in 2018, competition is heating up with new models from manufacturers large and small. In addition to […]

Setting Sail Now: 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – In the future, 3D metal printing may play an increasingly prominent role in Navy ship construction. That’s the message of a recent article in The Virginian-Pilot, which notes how this cutting-edge technology is being harnessed by shipbuilding companies in the Newport News area. In late 2018, for example, Naval Sea Systems Command approved […]

The Global Push for Electric Vehicles Heats Up

(DGIwire) – In April 2018, China’s New Energy Vehicle mandate went into effect. As noted in a recent article on the World Economic Forum’s website, this was part of the country’s plan to sell 4.6 million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 and ban cars with traditional internal combustion engines over the long term. China is […]

Quality Control Takes the Spotlight for 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – In the world of 3D printing, few events can rival the annual Formnext trade fair. At the 2018 show in Frankfurt, Germany, as many as 550 companies and institutes presented their latest designs and product developments for industrial tooling, production, quality management and measurement, according to an article on Optics.org. A separate article […]

What’s in the Army Now? 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – The advantages of 3D printing are increasingly being enlisted by the U.S. Army, according to a recent article on 3DPrint.com. As the article notes, the technology has long been recognized by this branch of the military, which is finding benefit in its ability to improve readiness. The overarching goal is to send military […]

Predicting a Surge in Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

(DGIwire) – Along with the increasingly larger number of electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads has come a sharp rise in the number of charging stations. As recently reported in Commercial Property Executive, this trend has significant implications for property owners and managers—as the demand for stations from their customers and employees may rise as […]

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