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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.
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  19 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  46 comments
Luxury automaker Lexus has shifted gears, temporarily applying its technical expertise to the creation of a $10,000 bicycle.
Market Forces to Give More Pop to Natural Gas Vehicles
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6/25/2013  26 comments
Market forces will cause sales of natural gas vehicles to spike over the next seven years, but the overall number of those vehicles will still be small, according to a new report.
TI Targets Internet-of-Things Set-Up
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6/24/2013  15 comments
Texas Instruments rolled out new hardware and software to help simplify the process of connecting thousands of different types of devices to the Internet of Things.
Video: Composite-Rich Airbus 350 Makes First Flight
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6/21/2013  23 comments
The Airbus A350 XWB, composed of more than 50 percent carbon composites, took off on its successful maiden flight on June 14 at the Paris Air Show.
CAD Maker Works to Smooth 3D Printing Process
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6/19/2013  21 comments
For 3D printing to make the jump from rapid prototyping to manufacturing, engineers will need to find easier ways to move products from their CAD screens to their printers.
Virtual Desktop Environments Coming to Creo Design Apps
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6/17/2013  3 comments
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
Engineers Cheer 'Multi-CAD' Strategy
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6/14/2013  11 comments
Software maker PTC drew applause and cheers at PTC Live Global 2013 when it announced it will offer a "multi-CAD" strategy early next year.
Experts Say Manufacturing's Software Revolution Has Already Begun
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6/12/2013  9 comments
A host of macroeconomic forces are changing the future of manufacturing, and software may be the key to success for companies willing to make the necessary transformations, experts said this week.
Custom Chemistry Could Bode Well for Start-Stop Batteries
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6/5/2013  14 comments
Start-stop vehicles may soon get a big boost from a new battery chemistry that offers longer cycle life and higher power than today's best lithium-ion units.
Slideshow: Is Tesla's Model S the Best Ever?
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5/16/2013  63 comments
Tesla Motors’ Model S sedan “blew away” its $90,000 gasoline-burning competitors in a recent review and may be the best car Consumer Reports has ever seen.
Video: Robotic Ants Offer Transportation Design Tips
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4/23/2013  7 comments
A study of how robotic ants navigate via swarm behavior, and the design of their trail networks, may make human transportation networks more efficient.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
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4/17/2013  14 comments
A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
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4/12/2013  45 comments
Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.
Digi-Key Continuing Education Center Wins Marketing Award
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4/5/2013  9 comments
Design News magazine’s popular Continuing Education Center has been named a Gold Award Winner in one of the country’s most prestigious marketing contests.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Overheated in Mitsubishi Vehicles
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3/28/2013  44 comments
In yet another setback for lithium-ion battery technology, Mitsubishi Motors has acknowledged that it recently had a fire and an overheating incident involving the high-energy batteries.
Boeing: New Enclosure 'Keeps Us From Ever Having a Fire'
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3/15/2013  49 comments
The Boeing Co. took the issue of 787 battery fires head-on last night, definitively declaring that with pending modifications to its lithium-ion battery packs, a “fire can’t begin, develop, or be sustained.”
Slideshow: Boeing Underestimated Possibility of Battery Fire
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3/13/2013  24 comments
Boeing engineers and federal regulators appear to have vastly underestimated the possibility of a lithium-ion battery fire before the 787 Dreamliner's certification.
Slideshow: 'Boeing Battery Needs Liquid Cooling'
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3/8/2013  35 comments
With the root cause of the Boeing 787 battery fire still unclear, one leading battery expert suggested this week that the need for an active cooling system on Dreamliners is even more important.
NASA Awards Bigelow Aerospace $17.8M to Add New Module to ISS
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2/20/2013  12 comments
NASA has awarded Bigelow Aerospace a contract to deliver its Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to the International Space Station for experimental use for two years upon its launch to the station in 2015.
Ford, GM Face Off on Truck Engines
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2/14/2013  32 comments
Two of the world's biggest automakers are squaring off for a multi-year truck engine battle, with one company trying to win by addition, while the other aims for victory by subtraction.
NTSB: Short Circuit Caused 787 Battery Fire
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2/12/2013  44 comments
The Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston last month was caused by a battery short circuit that led to a thermal runaway condition, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
Tesla CEO: Boeing Batteries Needed Better Cooling
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1/31/2013  39 comments
Questions about cooling the Boeing 787 batteries came up again this week, as Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk called the plane's large pack design risky.
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