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Everything Comes Together

Materials like aluminum and carbon are making our cars, rockets and ships lighter and lighter. However, perfect materials alone cannot guarantee the best possible results.

The lightweight construction trend in the industrial sector continues unabated. By 2030, the annual turnover with lightweight components made of high-tensile steel, aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic is set to explode from roughly 70 to over 300 billion Euros . By far the most important market for this is the transport sector , followed by the aerospace and shipping industries. The legally-mandated CO2 reduction for automobiles by 2020 is one reason why the lightweight construction trend remains so dynamic. That makes electric drives – and lightweight construction – increasingly important for the automotive industry. Batteries are heavy, so manufacturers have to find other areas where they can save weight to improve the range of electric vehicles. However, lightweight construction is catching on more and more in other transport and industrial sectors thanks to the potential efficiency improvements and environmental benefits.

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Robot or cobot: The five key differences

Cobots are on the rise. How do they differ from conventional industrial robots?

The concept for cobots (collaborative robots) was born in 1995 as part of a research project spearheaded by the General Motors Foundation. The idea was to make robots so safe that they could literally work hand in hand with people. Now, twenty years later, cobots have found a place on many factory floors – and also in public awareness. And yet many don’t really understand how cobots are different from robots.

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GE tested an additive manufactured engine for a new turboprop aircraft

General Electric completed testing a 35%-additive manufactured demonstrator engine designed to validate additive parts in its clean-sheet-design Advanced Turboprop (ATP), which will power the all-new Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop aircraft. Additive components reduce the ATP’s weight by 5% while contributing a 1% improvement in specific fuel consumption (SFC).