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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor


Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 


SHOW LIVE: Fast 3D prototype printing from Synergeering

Motor City-based Synergeering will be showcasing RapidNylon, its 3D prototype printing process, which produces large, fully functioning rapid prototype parts directly from CAD in just days. Visitors to Engine Expo will find the company at booth E215. 

RapidNylon prototype parts are used during development phases to complete testing earlier on and prove a part’s functionality long before tooling is cut. Unlike other 3D printing (or additive manufactured) parts, RapidNylon parts behave and mimic final injection-molded parts, so they can be used in functional environments.

The parts are produced using a modified LS (laser sintering) process and high-end blend of GF-nylon material. Parts are air-tight, insoluble to chemicals, oils and fuels, and perform in extreme heat environments up to 150°C. One-piece parts are produced up to 71 x 38 x 58cm (28 x 15 x 23in), and larger parts are easily produced in portions.

RapidNylon parts are also engine-ready, withstanding the heat and beat of a running engine (even backfires) during development phases. Extreme RapidNylon applications include fully functional intake manifolds, oil pans, fuel tanks and engine covers.

October 20, 2015

20 October 2015


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