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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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