Exponential Technology Report - 15 July 2020

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There are amazing advances of exponential technology taking place all the time.  Every week Idea Storm brings you the latest news stories in this easy to read report.  Just click on the headline or "Read article" button to open the news story that interests you.

Porsche tests 3D-printed pistons for its 911 GT2 RS

Porsche has completed its first endurance test of 3D-printed pistons in the engine of the911 GT2 RS. Not only did the part survive, but the automaker's research found that the printed aluminum alloy pistons match (and even exceed) that of comparable cast or forged parts. Read article

NASA-backed project could automatically fix 3D printing for Moon bases

If humanity is going to 3D-print Moon bases, it can’t afford for things to go wrong — and NASA is backing technology to make sure those parts get built. According to Parabolic Arc, the agency recently selected a project from Relativity Space (which is working on 3D-printed rockets) that could detect and fix 3D printing in real time. If production of a habitat piece or radiation shield goes awry, the technology could automatically catch defects and repair them, determine if a print is still viable or even scrap work entirely. Read article

Augmented reality heads-up displays for cars are finally a real thing

When Audi briefed Ars on its newest electric car, the part that most piqued our interest was the news that the Q4 e-tron Sportback will feature an augmented reality heads-up display. As we explained in that article, Audi didn't feel like elaborating much on the new technology. Perhaps it wishes it had, as it's going to be beaten to the punch by its deadly rival Mercedes-Benz. When the 2021 S-Class debuts in September, the brand's flagship sedan will offer an AR HUD, among other tech upgrades.

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