6 New 3D Printing Technologies for Cars, Planes & Implants
Engineering Materials 8/23/2016
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These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Secrets for a 1,500-MPG Car Revealed
Electronics News 8/19/2016
A student team at the recent NIWeek 2016 conference shared its insights into the design of an engine control system for a car that set a fuel efficiency record of more than 1,500 miles per gallon.
Lessons From BattleBots on Engineering and Combat
Ahead of their appearance at Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, we look at some of the engineering behind two robots from the hit show, BattleBots, as well as some tried-and-true fighting tactics engineers should keep in mind when taking their own robots into battle.
The Autonomous Zombie Defense System
Gadget Freak 8/18/2016
Halloween will be here before you know it. And the zombie apocalypse may come even sooner. Best to prepare yourself by building your own security system to safeguard against the walking dead.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
ORNL Speeds Up 3D Printing at the Nanoscale
Engineering Materials 8/16/2016
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Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
Will EPA Relax the 54.5 MPG Mandate?
Automotive News 8/12/2016
A recently released government report has raised the hopes of automakers looking for a break on future fuel economy regulations, despite the warnings of an Environmental Protection Agency official who said the agency is unlikely to back down on its goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
LEDs Spearhead Drive Toward Intelligent Headlamps
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Technical advances in LED development facilitate not only greater design flexibility but also new lighting concepts for greater safety. The new possibilities in lighting design are provided by innovative types of LEDs with compact dimensions, high luminance and individually controllable chips, enabling more flexibility in lamp construction.
Whatever Happened to NASA’s X-30?
NASA’s recent announcement of its all-electric experimental aircraft, called the X-57, was big news, resurrecting the pioneering spirit of the agency’s early days. Still, in terms of raw ambition, it paled in comparison to the Holy Grail project of a quarter-century ago, the X-30.
X20 I/O Implements OPC UA Pub/Sub
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A new X20 I/O system bus controller from B&R Industrial Automation makes it possible to implement OPC UA communication from sensors to the ERP layer without using any interfaces, or a connected PLC.
Ford Motor Co. announced plans last week to join an ever-growing number of automakers who intend to produce fully autonomous vehicles in the next five years.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
Obtaining the benefits of a fully digital plant requires IoT connectivity and foresight in the planning process.
Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems have now been used by several customers for printing 3D polymer and composite structures at the micron scale with embedded electronics and biomedical applications.
Six big automakers will carry the electric vehicle (EV) battery market to a five-fold sales increase by 2020, a new study says.
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