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 […]

Innovation Keeps On Truckin’ in the Era of Electric Vehicles

(DGIwire) – Compared to their diesel-powered counterparts, electric trucks are much quieter, have no harmful emissions and dramatically lower maintenance. This is a large part of the reason why many truck brands have real electric test units being used now in fleets. Of course, the era of battery-electric trucks rumbling down the nation’s roads may […]

3D Metal Printing Is Ready for Its Big Moment

(DGIwire) – What does the future look like for 3D metal printing? Very bright, according to a recent report from Deloitte. The consulting firm suggests that this technology is poised for growth more than double of that of a few years ago, as companies in multiple industries adopt it for a wide range of tasks. […]

An Electric Vehicle That Charges in Five Minutes? It Could Be On the Way

(DGIwire) – Filling up at a service station is so easy with a gasoline-powered car: five minutes later, the driver is back on the road. For the electric vehicle (EV) revolution to become a reality, EVs must match this timeframe—or else drivers are unlikely to be willing to make the switch in large numbers. As […]

3D Printing Continues Its Ascent to the Skies

(DGIwire) – In October 2018, GE Aviation’s 3D printing facility in Auburn, Alabama reached a major milestone: it produced its 30,000th 3D-printed fuel nozzle tip. As an article on ECNmag.com recently observed, fuel nozzles may seem like unimposing objects—but their production via 3D printing has not only given rise to some of the world’s bestselling […]

3D Printed Metal Parts: Higher Tech Means Higher Quality

(DGIwire) – Quality control (QC) is a must in all manufacturing—and the 3D printing of metal parts is no exception. Since the metal components used in everything from airplanes to medical prosthetics must adhere to the customer’s required dimensions down to extremely small scales, techniques must be utilized ensuring that every part delivered meets high […]

Diabetes: 3 Exciting Recent Discoveries

(DGIwire) – According to the World Health Organization, diabetes affects more than 420 million people worldwide. For those who are concerned about this condition, it is natural to wonder what kinds of discoveries are being made today that could potentially lead to better care. Here are three exciting advances from the frontiers of diabetes research […]

Autonomous Electric Vehicles: Recharging ‘on the Go’ Makes ‘Cents’

(DGIwire) – Many people envision a viable future for driverless or autonomous vehicles—with seven out of 10 Americans expecting them to be common within the next 15 years, according to a recent survey reported by The Washington Post. Yet as exciting as this technology may be, there is still a challenge to be overcome. If […]

In North Carolina, a Battery Revolution May Be Brewing

(DGIwire) – In 1903, North Carolina hosted the Wright Brothers’ first-ever airplane flight. More than a century later, the state is still the home of technical innovation. One manifestation is the “Joules Accelerator,” a Charlotte, North Carolina-based program initiated in 2013 and dedicated to advancing the city’s reputation as a hub for energy-focused companies. The […]

The Factories of the Future Could Feature 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – Factories made the Industrial Revolution possible. But as much of a technological marvel as they were when they arrived in the 18th and 19th centuries, factories have limitations that are obvious in the 21st. For example, as a recent article in WIRED points out, factories are not “reprogrammable”—to make different products, a factory […]

Shaping the Future of Energy Storage

(DGIwire) – Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles (EVs) because they pack a powerful punch—with what’s called a “high energy density.” But they also contain highly flammable chemicals, called electrolytes, that can become unsafe if overcharged. While work is ongoing to address this problem, another solution has presented itself: supercapacitors, […]

3D-Printed Metal Parts Take to the Skies

(DGIwire) – The aviation industry is paying more attention than ever before to the potential of 3D metal printing. That is the message of a recent article in InsideMRO, which notes that the industry’s focus is moving beyond aircraft engines to a variety of other components and structures. Various aviation companies have already begun printing […]

Powering Up Now: The Global Electric Vehicle Market

(DGIwire) – Things are moving quickly in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). According to a recent industry report from Frost & Sullivan, global sales of EVs are poised to climb to 1.6 million in 2018 and further upward to two million in 2019. EV sales across all major regional markets are on the upswing; […]

Can Fast-Charging Electric Vehicles Pay for the Roads They Drive On?

(DGIwire) – With the goal of going green and improving air quality, the UK government announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040. Good for the environment? Yes. But will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be one distinct tax challenge […]

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