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3-D printing

SME’s RAPID + TCT 3-D Printing Event Continues to Grow

When Southfield’s SME convenes its 29th annual RAPID + TCT event at Cobo Center in Detroit May 20-23, its growth over three decades will be as apparent as the expansion of the 3-D printing technology on which it focuses.
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Southfield’s USABC Grants California’s Zenlabs $4.8M Contract for Low-cost, Fast-charge Battery Development

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium in Southfield has awarded a $4.8 million technology development contract to Zenlabs Energy Inc. of Fremont, Calif., for development of low-cost, fast-charge (LC/FC) battery technology for electric vehicles.

Detroit’s HAP to Offer Diabetes Management Platform to Medicare Advantage Members

Detroit’s Health Alliance Plan (HAP) has partnered with California’s Livongo, a platform that helps people with chronic conditions manage them. HAP Medicare Advantage members will have access to a program designed to manage diabetes.
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Audi Expands Use of Polymer 3-D Printing in Production

German automaker Audi is expanding its use of 3-D printing by using custom-designed and locally printed auxiliary tools from a 3-D printer to help employees on production lines. It’s also creating a separate 3-D printing department.
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Detroit Joins Program to Monitor, Manage Micro-mobility Use of Scooters

Detroit is part of a collaborative pilot program to manage micro-mobility through North Carolina’s Passport mobility platform. Passport allows clients to digitally coordinate, track, and manage all modes of transportation.
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Report: Technology Employment Expands in Michigan, Overall Direct Economic Impact of $37.4B

Technology-related employment in Michigan grew by more than 12,000 new jobs in 2018 and the tech sector increased its contribution to the state’s economy, according to Cyberstates 2019, a new report published by the Illinois-based technology industry association CompTIA.
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Toyota Promotes Global Vehicle Electrification by Providing Nearly 24,000 Royalty-Free Licenses

Toyota Motor Corp., which operates a large North American research and development center in Ann Arbor, says it will grant royalty-free licenses for nearly 24,000 patents it holds for electric vehicle technologies.
autonomous vehicles

SAE, Ford, GM, Toyota Form Autonomous Vehicle Safety Consortium

SAE International, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., and Toyota have formed the new Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) that will work to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development, and deployment of automated vehicles.

Aptiv in Troy Releases nuScenes Autonomous Vehicle Data to Public to Further Research

Aptiv, a Dublin, Ireland-based technology company which has its North American headquarters in Troy, has released its nuScenes open-source autonomous vehicle dataset to the public to further driverless vehicle research.

Detroit Medical Center Using New, Non-surgical Technique with Dialysis Patients

Vascular surgeon Dr. Yevgeniy Rits at DMC Harper Hospital is the first physician in Michigan to perform a new, non-surgical endovascular procedure for patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.