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Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
1/23/2015  4 comments
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of todayís auto industry.
Maybe Itís Not Boom Times for Manufacturing
Blog 
1/23/2015  2 comments
Data from a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation undermine the idea of a US manufacturing renaissance.
Industry Group: Clean Diesel Remains Top Choice for Transit Agencies
Blog 
1/22/2015  10 comments
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Distributed Manufacturing and Standards
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
From Accelerometers to Touch Screens, Sensors Dominate CES
Electronics News 
1/19/2015  7 comments
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3,600 exhibitors demoed new products, most of which used sensors. Accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cameras, touch screens, infrared and radar sensors endowed products with the ability to see, hear, and feel.
Manufacturing Expansion Slows Down, Industrial Production Dips in December, Says Fed
News 
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 nationís overall industrial production for the month. The 0.1% decline in December was the first contraction in the nationís total industrial output since August, the Federal Reserve announced Friday.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: New Materials & Processes
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  4 comments
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
Engage Materials Suppliers Early to Reduce Vehicle Weight
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2015  Post a comment
For vehicles to meet the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, three things must happen: customers must look beyond the data sheet and engage materials supplier earlier, and new integrated multi-materials are needed to make step-change improvements.
Lightweight Metals Research and Innovation Center Opens Today
News 
1/15/2015  5 comments
A lightweight metals research consortium formed last year as part of President Barack Obamaís 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.
$30K Chevy Bolt Looms as Challenge for GM
Automotive News 
1/15/2015  19 comments
General Motorsí glitzy public unveiling of the Bolt concept car this week shows commitment to the future of electric vehicle technology, but it also heaps pressure on its engineers to meet a challenging set of technical goals.
Nvidia & Renovo's All-Electric Supercar Is Tech-Packed
Blog 
1/14/2015  2 comments
The Coupe, showcased at CES 2015, doesnít come cheap. With a price tag north of $500,000, youíll need a serious bank balance to back up that electric super-car crush.
2015 Trends to Watch in Manufacturing: US Growth
Blog 
1/13/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing is growing rapidly, but reshoring isn't adding much to the expansion.
CES 2015: Sensors Lead the Way in Mercedes-Benz Future Car
Electronics News 
1/13/2015  1 comment
Automotive sensor technology is taking a giant stride forward in a futuristic luxury concept car thatís part chauffeur, part lounge, and part entertainment theater.
Toll Plazas Weigh Vehicles, Harvests Energy From Them
Blog 
1/13/2015  13 comments
While car manufacturers are looking for ways to make automobiles lighter through the use of new materials, researchers in India are finding a way to leverage their weight to create energy.
Will Cheap Oil Boost Manufacturing?
Blog 
1/12/2015  13 comments
At the moment a barrel of oil is under $50. It may soon be under $30, quite a collapse from the $112 per barrel we saw just last summer. The oil crash is prompting a question: will low energy costs result in a rise in US manufacturing? While headlines suggest a coming boom for manufacturing, the story is actually mixed.
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Industries and Applications
Engineering Materials 
1/12/2015  3 comments
3D printing, 4D printing, and various types of additive manufacturing (AM) will get even bigger in 2015. We're not talking about consumer use, which gets most of the attention, but processes and technologies that will affect how design engineers design products and how manufacturing engineers make them. For now, the biggest industries are still aerospace and medical, while automotive and architecture continue to grow.
Cars & Medical Implants Will Drive Plastics in 2015
Engineering Materials 
1/8/2015  4 comments
More and more -- that's what we'll see from plastics and composites in 2015, more types of plastics and more ways they can be used. Two of the fastest-growing uses will be automotive parts, plus medical implants and devices. New types of plastics will include biodegradable materials, plastics that can be easily recycled, and some that do both.
At CES 2015, Toyota Announces it's Giving Away its Fuel Cell Patents
Automotive News 
1/7/2015  5 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Does a Messy Desk Mean a Creative Mind?
Blog 
1/6/2015  26 comments
Many of the greatest minds in past and current history sat behind very unkempt desks. What does your desk say about you?
Supercars Go Hybrid
Automotive News 
1/5/2015  8 comments
Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybridís growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
Scary IEEE Tech Predictions for 2015
Blog 
12/31/2014  16 comments
The IEEE Computer society provides 2015 predictions that pose real challenges. What are the trends that will rock your world in the coming year?
Lexus' New Concept Car Provides Bold Glimpse of the Future
Automotive News 
12/23/2014  52 comments
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexusí LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. Whatís more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automakerís future.
Cold Flow Analysis for Diesel Engine Optimization
Guest Blogs 
12/23/2014  3 comments
The complexity of diesel engines means optimizing their performance requires a large amount of experimentation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful and intuitive tool in this, and cold flow analysis using CFD is an ideal approach to study the flow characteristics without going into the details of chemical reactions occurring during the combustion.
From the Ford GT to the F-150: Aluminum Extrusion Aids Auto Lightweighting
Features 
12/22/2014  Post a comment
As US automakers rev up automotive lightweighting, aluminum plays an expanding role. Extrusion lets engineers put metal where itís needed and incorporate more features in a single part.
Taking a Look Back at the Studebaker Assembly Line
Automotive News 
12/17/2014  8 comments
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the countryís longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
Lamborghini Busts Out a Plug-In Hybrid, the Asterion LPI 910-4
Automotive News 
12/16/2014  18 comments
Automobili Lamborghini is joining the ranks of supercar makers who are moving to greener powertrains.
Alcoa's Micromill Process, Alloy Could Change Car Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2014  10 comments
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
Blog 
12/15/2014  18 comments
Here are our 10 favorite science and technology gift ideas for the future engineer in your life.
Slideshow: A Look at American Motorcycles
Electronics News 
12/10/2014  33 comments
The American motorcycle is enjoying a mini-renaissance today, as the recent success of bike manufacturers Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, and Victory Motorcycles, among others, amply indicate.
Balancing Efficiency and Comfort in a Ford
Sherlock Ohms 
12/10/2014  12 comments
Building a prototype of a car is a tough way to find the optimal balance between efficiency and comfort. the Sherlocks at Ford are finding the balance using simulation.
You Know Youíre an Engineer If ... You'd Let HAL Run a Spacecraft
Blog 
12/9/2014  37 comments
You certainly know you're engineer if you count the number of steps in a set of stairs, or you use a CAD package and a wind tunnel to design your kid's Pine Wood Derby car. Check out our latest list to see if you qualify.
3D Printing Stars at Euromold Show
News 
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.
Hydrogen Ė Hope or Hype?
Blog 
12/8/2014  31 comments
The question is whether battery technology can develop faster than hydrogen production and distribution infrastructure.
Toyota Preps for Launch of Hydrogen-Powered Sedan
Automotive News 
12/4/2014  26 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will take another small step on the long road to fuel cell viability next year, rolling out a hydrogen-powered production sedan called the Mirai.
Automotive Image Sensor Sees in the Dark
Product News 
12/2/2014  14 comments
A new high-dynamic range image sensor promises to sharpen the night vision of automotive lane departure and collision avoidance systems, and even help set the stage for smarter, self-driving cars.
20 Great Engineers of the Early 20th Century
Blog 
12/1/2014  22 comments
Hereís a look at some of the notable engineers who contributed significantly to engineering advancements during the first half of the 20th Century, a period often called the golden era of engineering. Some well-known engineering figures such as Edison, Tesla, and the Wright Brothers are on the list, but we have also included a few lesser-known but still significant engineers.
More Reasons to Use 3D Printing & Plastics for Lightweighting Cars
Engineering Materials 
12/1/2014  5 comments
Here are a few more reasons to use 3D printing for making individual parts for cars and scooters, and investment casting from Solvay, Stratasys, and several divisions of CRP Group.
Writers Are Getting 3D Printing Wrong
Made by Monkeys 
11/26/2014  15 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Is Sexism Driving Women Out of Engineering?
Blog 
11/25/2014  37 comments
When my daughter decided she wanted to study engineering, I was very proud of her. At the same time, in the back of my mind, I wondered if she knew what she was in for.
Driverless Cars Require More Passenger Trust
Blog 
11/24/2014  62 comments
The key to autonomous driving is not to forget about the driver, and to remember that passengers want a sense of control, as opposed to being utterly passive backseat drivers.
HP's 3D Printing Plans Still Seem a Little Out of Reach
Engineering Materials 
11/24/2014  5 comments
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
Features 
11/24/2014  8 comments
"SupercapsĒ are moving from mundane applications, such as internal battery backup and memory protection, to high-profile smartphones, hybrids, and electric vehicles.
Development System Could Simplify Automotive Ethernet
Product News 
11/20/2014  1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out a development system that aims to help automotive engineers create Ethernet-based multimedia hubs inside the vehicle.
How Did a Concept Car Shed 26 Pounds?
Engineering Materials 
11/12/2014  19 comments
A lightweight electric urban concept car designed by several European companies weighs only 992 lb without its battery. It would have weighed 26.7 lb more if its windows were made of glass instead of the specially coated LEXAN polycarbonate resin from SABIC Innovative Plastics.
Update: 4D Printing Self-Assembling Shapes In Carbon Composites, Wood
Engineering Materials 
11/11/2014  10 comments
Skylar Tibbits' team in MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is now 4D printing self-assembling shapes made of programmable carbon composites and custom wood grain. The composites are being used in a sport car airfoil, and the wood grain is beautiful.
Class Aims to Explain Analog Design Issues
Electronics News 
11/11/2014  2 comments
If youíre an embedded systems engineer whose analog capabilities are getting a little bit rusty, then youíll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, ďAnalog Design for the Digital World,Ē running Monday, Nov. 17 through Friday, Nov. 21.
'Extreme' Battery Aims to Shock EV Market
Automotive News 
11/10/2014  38 comments
An MIT spin-off says itís on track to do the near-impossible task of making an electric car battery that offers three times as much energy for a fraction of the cost.
The Best & Worst of Engineering in Hollywood
Electronics News 
11/7/2014  49 comments
Itís time once again for the Annual Design News Science and Engineering Movie Contest, which names no winners, awards no prizes, isnít really a contest, and appears every three years or so.
3D Printing Super-Hard Metal Matrix Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/7/2014  6 comments
The NanoSteel Company has produced high-hardness ferrous metal matrix composite (MMC) parts using a new nanosteel powder in a one-step 3D-printing process. Parts are 99.9% dense, crack-free, and with wear resistance comparable to M2 tool steels.
Did You Know the Lead Engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge was a Woman?
Blog 
11/6/2014  30 comments
It may come as a surprise to some people to know that it was a woman who was in charge of engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge; a woman who was the first computer programmer; and a woman who designed an important junction of Los Angelesí complex highway system.
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