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Elastomer Goes With the (Waves') Flow
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12/17/2014  Post a comment
DuPont's Hytrel elastomer long used in automotive applications has been used to improve the way marine mooring lines are connected to things like fish farms, oil & gas installations, buoys, and wave energy devices. The new bellow design of the Dynamic Tethers wave protection system acts like a shock absorber, reducing peak loads as much as 70%.
3D Printing Stars at Euromold Show
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12/8/2014  3 comments
While most Americans were taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, 3D printer makers showed off their new systems, services, and materials at Germany's Euromold show.
Orion Takes One Small Step Toward Mars
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12/5/2014  19 comments
This morning’s liftoff of NASA’s Orion is the first step in what is expected to be a long and fabled history for the spacecraft. The deep-space craft, launched into orbit on a Delta IV rocket at 7:05 a.m. today, could put astronauts back on the moon in 2020 and take them to Mars by 2030.
Celebrity Engineer Teams With Mouser on Webisodes
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11/21/2014  4 comments
Celebrity engineer Grant Imahara will host a series of “webisodes” that will examine new technology and innovation from an engineer’s point of view.
We Want to Send You to Italy
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11/21/2014  1 comment
The UX Italia video contest recognizes Italian machinery, technology, and other experience solutions that have contributed meaningful improvements to people’s lives and production processes. If you submit a three-minute video showcasing how the quality of Italian machinery's User eXperience is essential to your company's success, you just may win a trip to Italy.
This Ambulance Drone Could Save Lives
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11/10/2014  10 comments
How do you improve emergency medical response times in ever crowded cities? The solution could be drones.
Plastic Leg Grows With Young Amputees
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11/4/2014  7 comments
Erin Keaney, a Ph.D student in plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, tells how graduate students at the school crafted a plastic injection-molded prosthetic leg that costs less than $5 to mass produce and can be adjusted to fit a growing child.
Shellfish-Inspired Glue Sticks Underwater
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10/17/2014  14 comments
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
Nypro Healthcare Expands Manufacturing Effort
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10/15/2014  4 comments
Mass.-based company opens new 200,000-sq-ft facility and brings more jobs, revitalization to the commonwealth.
Tesla Adds All-Wheel Drive, Autopilot to Model S
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10/14/2014  7 comments
In an attempt to broaden the appeal of its Model S electric sedan, Tesla Motors is rolling out all-wheel drive and “Autopilot” features that will make the car smarter, faster, and more efficient.
Stratasys Buys GrabCAD to Strengthen 3D Design Business
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9/19/2014  10 comments
In a move that strengthens its 3D design business, Stratasys continued a 15-month buying spree this week by announcing its plan to acquire GrabCAD, a provider of a cloud-based collaboration environment for engineers.
Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor
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9/16/2014  11 comments
Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.
Team 3D Prints Electric Car at IMTS
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9/12/2014  17 comments
Using a 3D printer, CNC router, and existing powertrain components, a team of engineers is building an electric car from scratch on the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this week.
GE Redesigns Carbon Composite Blades for GE9X Engine
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9/11/2014  6 comments
Carbon fiber composites aren't a new thing in jet engine fan blades. Every so often, though, they have to be redesigned to take advantage of advances in carbon composite technology. This year, GE Aviation is designing new blades for the upcoming GE9X engine that will be thinner, lighter, and at least as strong as the composite blades on its existing engines.
Gigafactory Will Create a Giga-Glut
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9/9/2014  24 comments
Tesla Motors’ proposed Gigafactory won’t dramatically transform the cost of electric cars, and it might create a glut of lithium-ion batteries in the marketplace.
Could Diesels Be Poised for a US Comeback?
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8/25/2014  64 comments
After a long hiatus here, the diesel engine could be poised to grab a bigger share of the US car market in the next five years.
How to Machine Aerospace-Grade Composites
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8/18/2014  21 comments
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.
Combining 3D Printing & CNC Milling in 1 Machine
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8/12/2014  3 comments
Combining additive and subtractive manufacturing in one machine is on the rise. A couple of the latest cases come from Flexible Robotic Environment and Hurco.
Teardown: Amazon Fire Phone
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8/1/2014  29 comments
Watch as we teardown Amazon's Fire Phone -- the company's first smartphone, designed to compete with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.
Video: Sciaky to Sell Its Huge Metals 3D Printers
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7/31/2014  6 comments
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
LG Chem Aims for Affordable, Long-Range Battery by 2017
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7/28/2014  31 comments
Battery maker LG Chem Power Inc. plans to offer a new cell chemistry that could serve as the foundation for an affordable electric car with a 200-mile driving range by 2017.
Video: Fusion Window Loses 35% of Weight
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7/22/2014  23 comments
The rear window on Ford's Lightweight Concept vehicle, based on the Fusion model, is made with a material combination devised by SABIC that saves 35% of the weight. The car's overall weight is 25% lighter than a standard production 2013 Fusion.
Learn More About Bluetooth Low Energy
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7/14/2014  3 comments
Engineers who want to learn more about Bluetooth Low Energy will have their chance in an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Course.
Video: Harley Road Tests Electric Hog
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6/24/2014  32 comments
Harley-Davidson is preparing to test a product that may turn out to be the ultimate in environmentally friendly transportation: a green hog.
Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture
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6/23/2014  17 comments
The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall
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6/6/2014  29 comments
General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Slideshow: Tiny Parrot Drone Takes Full HD Videos
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5/29/2014  48 comments
Parrot's new hand-launchable Bebop Drone quadricopter is either super-cool or downright scary. It's stuffed with tech that lets it take 180-degree aerial videos with a 14 megapixel Full HD camera, plus a ton of other abilities.
One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
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5/21/2014  10 comments
General Motors has again added to its already long list of recalls, citing 2.4 million more cars for lap belt, airbag, and transmission problems, as well as 218,000 for a potentially dangerous overheating hazard in the dashboard center stack.
Slideshow: GM Announces Another Giant Recall
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5/16/2014  30 comments
General Motors is recalling 2.7 million more vehicles for defects involving tail lamps, headlights, brakes, tie rods, and windshield wipers.
Stratasys Acquires Solid Concepts & Harvest Technologies
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5/2/2014  2 comments
The two new companies will be combined with RedEye, Stratasys' printing service that sells 3D parts directly to customers.
Bionic Olympic Games Set for 2016
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4/21/2014  12 comments
Cybathlon is an Olympic-style competition for those with bionic prosthetics.
Stronger Aluminum Alloy Lightens Heavy Truck Wheels
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4/3/2014  2 comments
Alcoa calls its new forged aluminum wheel, made with an alloy it recently invented, the lightest in the world for heavy-duty trucks, at just over half the weight of an equivalent steel wheel.
Bluetooth Device Ends Distracted Driving
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4/2/2014  15 comments
Called SafeRide, the device works in conjunction with a smartphone app to lock the driver’s smartphone screen, mute the audio, and disable the hardware buttons as soon as the car starts moving.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
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3/28/2014  26 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Final Airplane Parts
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3/26/2014  13 comments
Airbus is moving in a major way into 3D printing for aircraft manufacturing -- not just prototyping parts, but making final, end-product components.
Slideshow: Advanced Steels, Aluminum Answer the Call of Automakers
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3/20/2014  12 comments
Driven by the need to improve fuel efficiency and safety, automakers are turning to a new blend of high-strength steels and aluminum in their vehicles.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
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3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
Researchers Develop Living Liquid Crystal
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3/18/2014  2 comments
Researchers have developed a type of liquid crystal that has the properties of a living organism, which may improve early disease detection.
Georgia Tech Invests in Dassault's 3DEXPERIENCE to Prepare Next-Gen Designers
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3/17/2014  2 comments
Georgia Tech recently announced that it purchased 10,000 licenses for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE to support its engineering community in designing the next wave of innovative design works.
Slideshow: Dream Cars of 2014
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3/13/2014  34 comments
We’ve collected photos of “dream cars” from the Geneva Motor Show, as well as from the recent auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. From Maserati and Lamborghini to Chevy and Toyota, we offer a few of the recent standouts.
Slideshow: Venom GT Clocks in at Record 270 MPH
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3/10/2014  27 comments
The world record for a two-seat sports car tumbled last month, as a Hennessey Venom GT hit a max speed of 270 mph.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
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2/27/2014  5 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Obama Ratchets Up Support of Natural Gas Vehicles
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2/6/2014  36 comments
President Obama's State of the Union address last week contained a surprising reference to natural gas cars and trucks and omitted any mention of electric vehicles, leaving some to wonder whether the administration is embracing a slight shift in policy.
Slideshow: Why Ford Was Able to Use Aluminum in F-150 Truck
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1/24/2014  44 comments
If the aluminum body in the new F-150 pickup is successful, Ford Motor Co. can thank the engineers at Aston Martin and Jaguar.
Did Boeing Battery Work as Designed?
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1/17/2014  24 comments
Boeing officials insist that a smoking 787 Dreamliner battery worked as designed, but battery experts aren't heaping praise on the aircraft manufacturer.
New EV Battery Chemistry Boosts Range, Life
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12/5/2013  33 comments
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Tesla to NHTSA: Investigate Our Model S Fires
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11/19/2013  20 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation to examine the potential risks associated with “undercarriage strikes” on Tesla’s Model S electric cars.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
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11/19/2013  13 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
3D Printing Goes Nanoscale
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11/12/2013  9 comments
Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop nanoscale additive manufacturing that will use a variety of materials and material combinations.
Road Debris Causes Another Tesla Model S Battery Fire
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11/11/2013  45 comments
A second Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object in the road.
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