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Solar Energy-Harvesting Concrete Makes For Sustainable Buildings
2/10/2015  10 comments
DysCrete is an electrographic concrete that is coated with layers of titanium dioxide, organic liquid, an electrolyte, graphite, and a transparent surface. This creates a dye-sensitized solar cell, while the concrete becomes the electrode.
Manufacturing Employment Holds Firm in January Jobs Report
2/6/2015  1 comment
The US manufacturing sector added 22,000 new jobs in January, as the national labor market saw another strong month of gains, according to the Labor Department's latest employment figures.
ISM Manufacturing Index Screeches to Slowest Pace in a Year
2/3/2015  Post a comment
The US manufacturing sector lost steam in January and is growing at its more sluggish rate since January 2014, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s latest purchasing managers index (PMI) released on Feb 2.
Factory Orders, Machinery Bookings Slumped Deeper in December
1/27/2015  Post a comment
US factory orders for durable goods tumbled 3.4% in December on a big drop in new bookings for commercial aircraft, according to data the Commerce Department released Tuesday.
Feds Launch Composites Innovation Center
1/26/2015  3 comments
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
President Looks to American Science, Technology in State Address
1/21/2015  24 comments
Last night’s 2015 State of the Union Address was heavy on jobs and the economy and notably light on manufacturing. President Obama did, however, make brief references to several issues central to engineers.
Video: Reconfigurable Robot Walks on Snake Legs
1/19/2015  4 comments
Carnegie Mellon University's modular snake robot can be reconfigured to meet users' needs. Not only will this modular system enable completely new robot designs, say its inventors, it will also help speed up the pace of development and enable more flexible traditional industrial robots.
Manufacturing Expansion Slows Down, Industrial Production Dips in December, Says Fed
1/16/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing output rose 0.3% in December, but warm weather that blanketed the entire country reduced heating demand, significantly dragging down utilities output and the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The 0.1% decline in December was the first contraction in the nation’s total industrial output since August, the Federal Reserve announced Friday.
Lightweight Metals Research and Innovation Center Opens Today
1/15/2015  5 comments
A lightweight metals research consortium formed last year as part of President Barack Obama’s national manufacturing innovation initiatives will open its research facility in Detroit today, marking the official start of a federally supported effort to commercialize new, advanced manufacturing technology in the automotive, military, and aerospace industries.
Data Show a CNC Machinery Purchasing Slowdown, but Outlook Remains Strong
1/13/2015  2 comments
US orders of metalworking capital machinery cooled significantly in the two months following the big International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, according to the latest available data tracked by that show’s organizer. But the nation’s manufacturing sector is predicted to grow robustly again this year and buoy industrial machinery investment, which will bode well for the machine design industry.
Top AM Analyst Todd Grimm to Keynote Upcoming Users Conference, Lecture for Design News Webinar
1/12/2015  Post a comment
With momentum for the family of technologies, including direct metal laser sintering, continuing to build, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group is anticipating its biggest annual conference to date, April 19-23 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Squid Teeth Inspire 3D-Printable Biodegradable Thermoplastic
1/6/2015  Post a comment
Proteins from the ring teeth on squid tentacles can be synthesized to make a versatile biodegradable thermoplastic that can be used for molding, extrusion, 3D printing, as an adhesive, or as a coating.
Elastomer Goes With the (Waves') Flow
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
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
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
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
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
11/10/2014  15 comments
How do you improve emergency medical response times in ever crowded cities? The solution could be drones.
Plastic Leg Grows With Young Amputees
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
4/21/2014  12 comments
Cybathlon is an Olympic-style competition for those with bionic prosthetics.
Stronger Aluminum Alloy Lightens Heavy Truck Wheels
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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