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LG Chem Aims for Affordable, Long-Range Battery by 2017
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7/28/2014  Post a comment
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  20 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  31 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  26 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  8 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  44 comments
A second Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object in the road.
Embedded Expert: No Pedal Misapplication in Toyota Case
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11/8/2013  37 comments
The Toyota unintended acceleration case decided by a jury two weeks ago may have hinged on the testimony of an embedded systems expert who definitively said there was no pedal misapplication.
Slideshow: Latest 3D Printing Materials Include Nickel Alloy
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10/31/2013  6 comments
EOS's new 3D printing materials for final production parts introduced at the K show include a nickel alloy resistant to heat and corrosion and two new plastic materials in the company's PrimePart line: a flame-retardant PA 12 for aircraft interiors and a PEBA 2301.
Slideshow: New Materials for Cars Resist Chemicals, High Temps
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10/30/2013  6 comments
DuPont debuted several new products, most of them for automotive applications, at the K 2013 plastics and elastomers show.
Aluminum Armor Plate Good Enough for Humvees
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10/21/2013  20 comments
Alcoa's newest weldable armor plate alloy is now specified by the US Army Research Lab for use in military vehicles, including Humvees.
TI Converter Simplifies Position & Motion Sensing
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9/27/2013  12 comments
Using a new twist on an old technology, engineers at Texas Instruments have created a better method for position sensing in applications ranging from automotive and industrial to medical and consumer electronics.
Medical Device Manufacturers, Be Prepared to Innovate
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9/12/2013  12 comments
The trend toward “bio-connectivity” is gaining momentum, and medical device manufacturers need to be ready to bring that connectivity to next-generation products, a futurist at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show said this week.
Memory Plastic Reverses Shape 250 Times
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9/11/2013  11 comments
A new material developed by researchers at the German Institute of Biomaterial Science can change shape and return to the original one 250 times, something new in the world of temperature-controlled shape memory plastics.
Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
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8/30/2013  65 comments
If you’re driving a 10-year-old car, don’t feel bad. It turns out that your 10-year-old vehicle is actually younger than more than half the cars on the road today.
Design & Manufacturing Show Features Multiple Assembly Technologies
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8/20/2013  4 comments
A wide variety of assembly technologies will be on display at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show in Chicago, September 10-12. These include fastening and joining systems, adhesives, and enclosures, as well as related components and systems.
Video: 3D-Printed Liquid Metal Structures at Room Temperature
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8/19/2013  16 comments
A research team at North Carolina State University has figured out how to 3D print small structures made from liquid metal -- at room temperatures. The freestanding 3D-printed structures retain their liquid state, yet are stable.
'Variable Swirl' Sparks Diesel's American Return
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8/15/2013  17 comments
General Motors is bringing diesel technology back to an American-made compact car by using an air intake technique called “variable swirl.”
Salary Survey: 2013 Delivers Bigger Paychecks
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8/13/2013  22 comments
This year's annual salary survey shows salaries have increased for the third year in a row. We also break down the current views of job security, workforce fluctuations, and job satisfaction.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Gets Metal, Ceramic Processes
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8/2/2013  10 comments
Phenix Systems, which makes proprietary equipment for direct laser sintering of production end products with metal and ceramic materials for the aerospace, military, and healthcare industries, has sold itself to 3D Systems.
You Dream It & They Print It
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7/29/2013  18 comments
Thinker Thing, a startup company in Chile, focuses on designing oftware to print objects using a person's brain activities.
Smartwatch Popularity on the Rise
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7/26/2013  42 comments
Many tech companies are seeking to introduce and dominate in the burgeoning smartwatch market. Is it the next big thing?
Loss of Subsidies Could Burst EV Bubble
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7/25/2013  62 comments
Sales of electric cars and batteries will climb steadily over the next five years, but what happens if government subsidies disappear?
Autodesk Integrates HSM Express Software Into Inventor Suite
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7/25/2013  1 comment
Autodesk has acquired HSMWorks and has integrated HMSExpress CAM 2D/2.5D and HMSExpress into Autodesk Inventor 3D modeling software.
Growth Could Be on the Way for Lithium-Ion Battery Market
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7/24/2013  17 comments
A study says lithium-ion batteries will see growth over the next five years, even though electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids aren't expected to hit the high sales figures once projected for them.
Using Simple Language to Program Computers
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7/23/2013  12 comments
MIT researchers are developing an algorithm to convert natural-language specifications into regular programming expressions.
Slideshow: Lexus's $10K Bike Hits the Streets in Japan
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7/19/2013  45 comments
Luxury automaker Lexus has shifted gears, temporarily applying its technical expertise to the creation of a $10,000 bicycle.
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