Content posted in October 2011
DeLorean Rolls Out Electric Car
Automotive News 10/31/2011
DeLorean Motor Co., Inc. has unveiled the DeLorean EV, an electric car that marries the legendary "Back to the Future" DeLorean automobile of the 1980s with a lithium-ion-based, DC-powered, electric drivetrain of today.
Gadget Freak Case #197: Controlling Solar Water Flow
Gadget Freak 10/25/2011
To make his solar water heater more efficient, Paul Westaway put together a differential controller that turns on the pump when the temperature of the solar panel or woodstove coils is higher than the temperature in the storage tanks and turns off when the temperature is lower.
Origo Makes 3D Printing Child's Play
CAD/CAM Corner 10/25/2011
In yet another sign that 3D printing technology is heading for the masses, the Origo prototype targets 10-year-olds with an appliance-like 3D printer package.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 4S Teardown
Guest Blogs 10/18/2011
UBM TechInsights conducted a teardown of the iPhone 4S and found use of communications silicon and processors from Apple, Qualcomm, Triquint, Samsung, Skyworks, and Elpida.
Dassault Deepens Composites Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 10/18/2011
By acquiring Simulayt, a maker of specialized composites simulation software, Dassault is trying to differentiate its composites story around bi-directional integration among design, analysis, and manufacturing.
New Horizons for RFID
Automotive News 10/12/2011
Better chips and new standards are combining to place RFID in applications that no one dreamed of three years ago.
Video: My Chevy Volt Deep Dive
The Volt is an astonishing vehicle -- a lot of fun to drive, yet stingy in its use of energy. Whether or not you want to pay more than $40,000 for it depends on your definition of luxury.
3D Systems Raises Bar on Color Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 10/10/2011
3D Systems' new ProJet 1500 combines support for color with the ability to create high-resolution, durable, plastic parts, bridging professional-quality capabilities with a $14,500 price tag.
The Slow Ramp to PLM's Value
Guest Blogs 10/7/2011
While PLM has major potential to improve product development processes, the process improvement and people issues associated with the technology tend to turn deployments into multi-year engagements.
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Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
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