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Content posted in October 2012
One-Piece Composite Wing Built for Perpetual-Flight Plane
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10/29/2012  10 comments
An unusual wing, made in a single piece from carbon fiber composite, has been built for an unmanned aircraft designed for high-altitude perpetual flight. The wing has no fasteners or adhesive joints.
New Standard Will Cut EV Charging Time
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10/24/2012  48 comments
A revised SAE standard will let plug-in hybrids charge their batteries in as little as 10 minutes and battery-electric cars charge in 20 minutes.
GM President: It's Time to Electrify & Educate
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10/18/2012  52 comments
This week, General Motors North American president Mark Reuss reinforced his company's commitment to electrified vehicles, but cited a need for better education to foster the breakthroughs needed for next-generation EVs.
Faster Industrial 3D Printer Boosts Build Volume
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10/17/2012  11 comments
Industrial 3D printing supplier ExOne's M-FLEX midsized metal printer is three times as fast and has a build volume more than seven times as large as the company's previous midsized machine.
Video: Linear Actuators Could Help Cops Improve Marksmanship
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10/16/2012  10 comments
At the recent IMTS Show in Chicago, Rollon Corp. showed off a high-speed, six-axis "shooting gallery" game aimed at helping police officers and soldiers improve their marksmanship.
Cellulose Could Replace Short Glass Fibers in Composites
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10/15/2012  19 comments
Wood and pulp giant Weyerhaeuser has figured out how to make a thermoplastic composite using engineered cellulose fiber from trees, instead of the short glass fibers usually used for reinforcement.
Ford, GM Team Up on Transmissions
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10/10/2012  23 comments
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are preparing to jointly develop nine- and 10-speed vehicle transmissions to help them meet future fuel economy standards.
Fruit Juice Guards Against Aluminum Corrosion
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10/10/2012  19 comments
Extracts of juice from the common date palm fruit may be a greener way to prevent corrosion in the strong, lightweight aluminum alloys in aircraft, cars, and industrial machines.
Focus on the Future of Machine Controllers
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10/9/2012  14 comments
A Design News reader survey shows engineers are leveraging more powerful controllers to achieve smoother integration of more sophisticated machine control.




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ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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