Automotive manufacturers have a lot of priorities to balance – fuel economy, safety, cost, increased customer expectations and keeping manufacturing efficient as new innovations come into play. As cars use different materials to keep them lighter, the way they are held together is also changing.
A scientist’s the hunt for the next big breakthrough
Elise Groenewold says she notices some people are quietly skeptical when she enters the shop. That is until they see her sanding, welding and painting.
More than 60 years ago, an advance in technology changed the way we make things. That discovery improves dozens of applications that help us see road signs better, have more efficient abrasives and have access to microneedles that may soon provide us with patient-friendly shots.
There exists a place that will eat any echo. “It is so quiet you can hear your heart beat,” says scientist Tom Hanschen. The sound is damped, so there is no echo or reverberation in the room. It is literally one of the quietest places you will find.
You may remember a time when your car didn’t have GPS, heated seats and charging stations. We continue to ask for more comforts in our vehicles, but automakers also need to keep cars fuel efficient and lightweight.
It’s a long way from South Africa to Minnesota, but not too far for Vaughn Repsold. He traveled almost 9,000 miles to perfect his vehicle-wrapping technique.
Your home. Your car. Your Wi-Fi. After air, food and water, those are some of your most basic needs, right? The things we rely on to function day-to-day exist because someone builds them, installs them and keeps them going. But a lack of workers in critical professions mean businesses, individuals and governments are having difficulty completing construction and other infrastructure work.