Local Motors Shifts Crowd-Sourcing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 7/21/2011 11 comments Billing itself as an open-source car company, Local Motors is challenging the traditional automotive design paradigm with a new model that leverages the collective design power of a community to "co-create" limited-run vehicles.
Terrafugia Transition Inches Closer to Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 7/18/2011 17 comments The so-called flying car reached another milestone, having been granted key exemptions by government safety agencies that were critical due to the engineering challenges around a dual-purpose design.
The Case of the Jumping Gyro
Sherlock Ohms 7/14/2011 4 comments A remote-controlled underwater vehicle had a heading servo referenced to a gas-rate gyro, which had a trimmable dc offset. Every once in a while, the heading took a jump of 10 to 15 degrees.
Final Shuttle Flight Creates Opportunity
Guest Blogs 7/13/2011 13 comments Watching the space shuttle Atlantis take flight invoked a sense of optimism that it opens up an opportunity to build even better spacecraft that are more affordable, better integrated, better manufactured, and better supported.
Moore's Law Struggling to Keep Up
Electronic News & Comment 7/1/2011 6 comments Multicore solutions will be critical in the next five years to overcome the Moore's Law obstacle, and technical challenges need to be addressed on both sides of the Internet.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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