3 Things: UTA Grad’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Uses New Turning Technique

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A graduate from UTA has created an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses a new technique to change directions, a local startup is creating orthopedic implants with 3D printing, and DFW Airport is the first in North America to become carbon neutral. 

A recent University of Texas at Arlington graduate is making history for his work with unmanned aerial vehicles. Sampath Reddy Vengate executed the first successful test flight for an UAV using moving weights in its wings to change direction. Unlike the conventional method of turning using control surfaces, the new technique reduces drag which saves fuel and money. UTA has more on the engineering department’s aerospace research. 

Frisco-based 4WEB Medical was named the fastest-growing North Texas company by Tech Titans. Started in 2008, 4WEB creates orthopedic implants with geometric designs using 3D printing. The founder and CEO Jessee Hunt told the Dallas Morning News his advice for other startups, including how to grow a business without raising venture capital. The company is working toward a longer-lasting knee implant, as well as implants that can be customized and printed in one day.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation Program recently changed Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to “Level 3+ Neutrality.” DFW Airport is the first airport in North America to receive the status, which is the highest level of environmental achievement given to airports. Carbon emissions have been reduced by 29 percent per passenger since 2010. Read more about the achievement from Dallas Business Journal. 

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Amanda Hayes contributed to this report.

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