The future veterinarian Maciej Szczepański improves the life of animals thanks to his self-developed prostheses. Source: zortrax.com In recent years, 3D printing has established itself as a serious competitor to mechanical manufacturing processes such as turning or milling in the manufacturing industry . Thanks to aspiring veterinarian Maciej Szczepański, the additive manufacturing process can now also be used to produce prostheses for injured animals . Prostheses for animals are not yet available to the required extent all over the world due to high costs. That could change with the new approach of the student from Wrocław. 3D printing completely in-house The individual components of a custom-made prosthesis all come from the 3D printer. Source: zortrax.com Szczepański himself makes the prostheses . It always starts the same way. The patient , for example a dog, must trust the prospective veterinarian . Only then does he continue with the impression of the stump of the animal. The impression is filled with a special ceramic plaster. Szczepański then 3D scans the resulting stump impression so that a 3D digital model can be created. “All I have to do later is print the prototype , which makes my job a lot easier because I can print right there and check that my assumptions are correct. I don't have to outsource this work anymore." – emphasizes Szczepański. The student can also use the 3D printer to test different levels of infill and assess the durability of the printed part. Printed components include a shaft that receives the dog's stump and a ground contact element .…

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The new antenna should be larger, but significantly more powerful. Source: starlink.com Internet service Starlink from Elon Musk's company Space X has introduced a new, optional premium price level for its Internet connections via satellite . With the new package, speeds of up to 500 Mbit/s should be possible. However, this also has its price: 2500 dollars are due for the new antenna alone . The monthly cost increases from $99 to $500 for the basic service . Starlink Premium will launch in the US in 2022 The comparison between the Starlink Standard and Premium offering. Source: starlink.com In addition to the higher speeds (150-500 Mbit/s) and the weather- resistant connection , premium customers receive 24/7 customer service . A data flat rate is also included. Therefore, the declared target groups are companies that cannot achieve an optimal connection over the ground and so-called "heavy users" , i.e. users with high needs. The first interested parties can already secure their premium plan including the new antenna kit. For the time being, however , only in North America , where delivery is to start in the second quarter of the year . Whether and when Starlink Premium will be available in Austria is not yet foreseeable . In Germany, as of February 2022, the company 's standard service is available "to a limited extent" . Goal: 500,000 users within one year Elon Musk gave a clear goal for the future of Starlink during his speech at Mobile World Congress 2021 . 500,000 new Starlink users are to be generated within a…

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Klein Vision's AirCar could be the solution for tomorrow's private transport. Source: klein-vision.com The AirCar from the company Klein Vision has received the official operating license from the Slovakian Aviation Authority . As a result, the car is not only allowed to take part in road traffic , but also to take part in air traffic as a flying object . This brings the production of airworthy vehicles a significant step forward. A total of 70 hours of flight testing was carried out with the AirCar , the next step is the further development of a new prototype and finally a series model . 160 km/h at 2500 m altitude – ready to go within 3 minutes The system needs less than 3 minutes so that the car can transform itself into an airplane . Then you can start or runway being blown up. In the current configuration, with a 160 hp BMW petrol engine , a top speed of over 160 km/h can be reached at an altitude of 2500 meters . The first AirCar prototype is a two-seater and weighs 1000 kilograms with its extendable wings . In June 2021 , the first flight between two cities was carried out with the means of transport. Within 35 minutes the AirCar flew from Nitra to Bratislava . The start and end point were the two airports. If an incident occurs at high altitude, the AirCar has a parachute that allows the entire flying object and its occupants to come down safely to the ground. Production model to be tested…

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The PinePhone Pro is intended to offer an alternative to the operating systems from Apple & Google. Source: pine64.org With the PinePhone Pro, Pin64 wants to launch a smartphone equipped with an open-source Linux operating system, which offers better hardware than its predecessor , the PinePhone. Compared to the top dogs from Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Co., the gap is still quite large . After the announcement in October last year, the device will start shipping in the US at the end of the month . Hardware corresponds to entry level   In this case, the selection of suitable components is not so easy for the manufacturer Pin64, since most of the large chip manufacturers such as Qualcomm or Samsung do not want to release open drivers or circuit diagrams . However, these are required if the device is to function according to the intended open source principle . In the PinePhone Pro, the choice fell on the lesser-known Rockchip RK3399 as the SoC , which has two Cortex-A72 CPUs and four Cortex-A53 CPUs . According to initial assessments, the processor should roughly match the performance of mid-range SoCs from Qualcomm from 2o16 . The other technical data of the device are also more in the entry-level range. The phone has a 6-inch LCD screen with 1440 × 720 pixels (HD), 4 GB RAM, 128 GB eMMC storage and a 3,000 mAh battery . There's a USB-C port with 15W charging power, a headphone jack, a 13MP main camera and an 8MP front camera . variety of additional interfaces The…

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The appearance of the STI E-RA is a symbiosis of refined aerodynamics and futuristic design. Source: sti.jp As part of the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru presented an electric prototype that is intended to set new standards. But not in terms of range or energy recovery. It is a racing car , which is specially designed for a record drive on the notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife , also called the green hell. Weight optimization, high downforce & lots of power The motorsport DNA also stands out from the rear of the vehicle with the large rear spoiler. Source: sti.jp A total of four electric motors provide 272 hp per wheel , which corresponds to a system output of 1,088 hp . Since, in addition to the performance itself, the weight is particularly important in motorsport, a relatively small and light 60 kWh battery was installed. As a result, the four-wheel drive  bolide will certainly not have a long range, but will achieve all the more performance. In order to save additional weight and to maximize the stiffening strength, a composite body was used . Furthermore, the aerodynamics of the car are mature and should generate high downforce for better cornering speeds . There are also recesses in the body. They serve to direct the air away from the wheel arches. Everything designed for one goal   In 2023, Subaru wants to break a record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which is considered one of the most demanding racetracks in the world: to set the fastest electric car on the ring. Tesla has the…

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An unusual picture. The BPS.space Christmas tree is unique in its own way. Source: youtube.com Buying a Christmas tree every year can sometimes not be that easy. The right size, the right price or availability are just a few of the aspects that the conifer must meet. For a group of young engineers , however, another quality is very important: the flight characteristics . They put a fire under the butt of a Nordmann fir and put a rocket engine on it . 2 meter high tree creates almost 90 meters flight altitude In the video on the YouTube channel "BPS.space" , you can admire in a good 20 minutes in a kind of vlog in a humorous way how the plan is implemented by a rocket-powered Christmas tree . Among other things, a paper model is used to explain the difficulties of the project. With a wink or two, of course. The group, which mainly consists of aerospace engineers , needed a few attempts before they achieved a breakthrough. The ignition system failed three times . On the other hand, the final result of attempt number four is quite impressive. A 2 meter high Christmas tree was positioned on a four-wing structure . For this purpose, a small solid rocket engine, which generates 1000 Newtons of thrust , was installed. The tree achieved a top speed of 111 km/h (approx. 69 mph), a cruising height of 88 m and a G-force of 3.6 G. Of course, the right Christmas tree decorations should not be missing. Extra small packages and…

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From the outside, you can hardly tell that the Chevrolet E-10 is powered entirely by electricity. Source: media.gm.com Various vehicles are to be electrified using a type of conversion kit of various electronic components , which means that they can be operated without emissions . General Motors (GM) itself sees a potential market of up to $20 billion by 2030 as more and more mobility industries introduce emission reduction targets . GM wants to start with the project as early as next year. In 2022 , conversion kits are to be released that will convert Chevrolet classic cars to electric cars. Classic cars appear with a new heart and charm One looks in vain for carburetors, fans and the like in the engine compartment of the Chevrolet E-10. An electric motor unit is now located here for this purpose. Source: media.gm.com Electric Connect and the Cruise eCrate package are GM's concepts. It is built on the fact that certified workshops exchange the combustion engine for an electric unit. So it's time to say goodbye to the characteristic V8 sound from the engine compartment. Nor will the converted oldies smell of petrol or oil. In return, they have a forward-looking and sustainable drive system and will therefore be able to stay on the roads for longer. The electrified Chevrolet El Camino is the latest converted classic car to date. Source: media.gm.com There are already some models where Chevrolet (GM) has breathed new life into old bodies. So the E-10 pickup truck , originally a 1962 Chevrolet C-10, was electrified. The same…

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Old Blackberry devices will only be usable to a very limited extent in the future. Source: crackberry.com The new year hits Blackberry users hard. The in-house operating systems, Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10, will become virtually unusable and completely discontinued from January 4th . Even the basic functions of a smartphone, such as making calls or surfing the web , should no longer work as before. However, nothing changes for the Blackberry devices equipped with the Android operating system . They are still fully functional. Emergency calls, telephony, WLAN and more affected According to a company press release , all devices running Blackberry OS (10) will no longer function reliably . Since the software will no longer receive any patches, the resulting restrictions are clearly noticeable . The following functions should only be available to a limited extent: Network coverage / network registration telephony emergency calls Data connection (WLAN / mobile data) SMS Since these functions are fundamental and actually represent the main use of a smartphone, it will probably be difficult for even the biggest Blackberry fans to continue using the devices with the Blackberry operating system in everyday life. The restrictions also affect the manufacturer's tablets . Blackberry PlayBook , the operating system for tablets, will also be phased out completely . Blackberry will continue to exist Blackberry's headquarters in Waterloo, Canada, is focused on other business areas. Source: wikipedia.org However, the company does not close the gates. But the core focus is now different. Cybersecurity , i.e. security in all aspects of the Internet, is the new…

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The Mercedes-Benz EQXX combines efficiency with design. Source: mercedes-benz.com At the CES trade fair in Las Vegas, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the Vision EQXX, a new luxury electric vehicle . The focus is not on performance or acceleration values, but on efficiency . Although the car presented is a prototype , it gives a glimpse of what we can look forward to from the Stuttgart company in terms of electromobility in the coming years . It is noteworthy that the EQXX is already fully functional and should cover more than 1000 kilometers without recharging . 204 hp, 1750 kg curb weight and a drag coefficient of 0.17 The inner values ​​of the EQXX are impressive. The built-in electrical unit has a system output of 150 kW , which corresponds to 204 hp . Mercedes-Benz intends to drive more than 1000 kilometers at motorway speed without recharging. The capacity of the battery is 100 kWh . The compactness is to be emphasized here. The battery should also be able to be installed in small cars and be only half the size of the battery in the Mercedes-Benz EQS . The efficiency is 95% , which could also be due to the co-development of the in-house motorsport departments. 117 solar cells are installed on the roof of the EQXX . Thanks to them, a range increase of 25 kilometers should be possible in the best case . When it comes to the body, aerodynamics come first. Source: mercedes-benz.com Exclamation marks were also set for the body. Due to the very aerodynamic shape of…

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The Starship robot can be operated even more efficiently with its six airless Goodyear tires. Source: corporate.goodyear.com The American tire manufacturer Goodyear has equipped a self-driving vehicle   with airless tires . This should not only reduce the maintenance effort and increase durability , but also offer a more sustainable alternative to the previous tires. Use on self-propelled Starship robots Starship vehicles are autonomous robots that transport food and various other goods from A to B within short distances . No human labor is required. Both the transport itself and the loading and unloading are completely automated. To date, more than two million deliveries have been made. In order for the company's fleet to function even more efficiently, downtimes for maintenance or the replacement of components must be kept as short as possible . The Goodyear airless tire is a suitable add-on for the vehicles. Compared to conventional, air-filled tires, it not only offers a longer service life , but also requires significantly less maintenance . Air fillings or flat feet are a thing of the past with him. First field tests at university The autonomous vehicle is completing its field test on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Source: corporate.goodyear.com Starship and Goodyear have jointly started a field test phase at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. There, the robotic vehicles equipped with airless tires transport food orders, groceries or books across the campus. The first data from the test run are promising . The evaluations of braking and vibration damping as well as tread wear show a…

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