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Content posted in November 2013
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.




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