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Meet The MRV, NASA's Stab at the Electric Vehicle
Blog 
4/27/2015  Post a comment
(Video) NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) is an EV inspired by manned rovers used for space exploration.
NIST Report Analyzes Measurement Needs for Powder Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
4/24/2015  Post a comment
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
Learn How to Add Energy Harvesting to Your IoT Apps
News 
4/24/2015  Post a comment
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
6 New Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2015  Post a comment
Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
The Best and Greenest Cars of 2015
Automotive News 
4/22/2015  7 comments
If there’s a single theme to Kelley Blue Book’s list of the best green cars -- published just in time for Earth Day -- it’s that fuel efficiency alone isn’t enough.
BASF Pushes Sustainable Materials, Design
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2015  Post a comment
BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
Bayer MaterialScience Gets Green with PU Foams
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2015  Post a comment
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.
The EV Taxpayer Shakedown: Time to Reconsider?
Opinion 
4/20/2015  71 comments
If you’ve noticed the recent news about electric cars and batteries, then it’s easy to wonder about the continuing wisdom behind public subsidies for EVs.
8 New Materials & Designs for Lightweighting Planes, Trucks, Cars
Engineering Materials 
4/20/2015  1 comment
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Is the Volkswagen Microbus Poised for an Electric Comeback?
Automotive News 
4/17/2015  6 comments
Get your Allman Brothers albums ready. The iconic Volkswagen Microbus may be poised for a comeback, and this time it could be electric.
11 Not-to-Miss Composites, Software, and Processes from JEC Europe
Engineering Materials 
4/16/2015  Post a comment
At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
Nissan's Position Sensor Provides Wake-Up Call
Automotive News 
4/16/2015  3 comments
Using a steering angle sensor instead of a camera, Nissan Motor Co. engineers have introduced a simpler way to monitor driver drowsiness.
Toyota's ‘Global Architecture’ Strategy to Drive Development & Design Integration
Blog 
4/15/2015  6 comments
The world’s biggest automaker plans to introduce this year its first vehicles based on its new, sweeping product development strategy, called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Under TNGA, the carmaker will design and produce common parts for major automotive systems in order to realize efficiencies and cost-savings across all of its vehicular products.
What Are Job and Salary Prospects for Robotics Engineers?
Blog 
4/13/2015  10 comments
As National Robotics Week 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to look at salary and employment trends for robotics engineers. Although we did find some hints about career growth, there's very little salary information available.
Survey: Engineers Want Better Plastics Performance, Recycling Technology
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2015  Post a comment
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Robotics Week Embraces Autonomous Vehicles
Blog 
4/10/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week adopted a broader definition of robotics Thursday, as it shifted its focus from factory floor robots to autonomous vehicles and drones.
Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
Made by Monkeys 
4/8/2015  21 comments
One reader had to dismantle the Mazda Tribute for the sake of changing the alternator and some spark plugs.
New Technologies Reduce Diesel Emissions to Near-Zero
Blog 
4/6/2015  5 comments
Advanced emissions technologies designed to work with ULSD fuel are driving a new breed of light-duty diesel vehicles.
MCUs Embrace New Demand for Ultra-Low Power Innovation
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4/6/2015  Post a comment
An emphasis on portability and sensor fusion is creating a need for ultra-low-power MCUs with more processing capability.
Audi's New Controller Will Pave the Way for Autonomous Driving
Automotive News 
4/3/2015  24 comments
Audi AG took a big step forward in autonomous driving technology this week, announcing that it will go to production with a “piloted” driving controller about the size of a tablet computer.
SABIC Focuses on 3D Printing's Shift to Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/3/2015  Post a comment
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
Blog 
4/2/2015  4 comments
Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.
3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2015  Post a comment
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
The Engine Improvements That Are Making Diesel Cleaner
Blog 
4/1/2015  45 comments
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
Automotive Circuit Protection Using High-Reliability TVS Diodes
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2015  Post a comment
Transient-voltage-suppression diode technology eliminates surges and enhances vehicle safety.
Seamless 3D Simulation – Blending Big Data into CAD
Blog 
3/31/2015  Post a comment
The big data processing of 3D simulation is now blended into CAD programs to ease and speed the design workflow.
10 Plastics You Shouldn't Have Missed at NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2015  4 comments
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
3D Simulation Goes Mainstream
Blog 
3/30/2015  1 comment
Simulation is no longer reserved for large automotive and aerospace companies. Even small companies in the life sciences are now benefiting from simulation.
3M Sharpens Assembly Focus on Info & Access to Experts
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Don’t Let Load Dump Damage Your Automotive Electronics Circuits
Guest Blogs 
3/27/2015  1 comment
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
Automotive News 
3/26/2015  8 comments
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/26/2015  3 comments
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
Clean Diesel Industry Asserts It Is Unfairly Treated
Blog 
3/25/2015  74 comments
How far is today's diesel fuel removed from the black cloud your childhood school bus emitted? What makes “clean diesel” more than just promotional rhetoric?
Slideshow: The Best and Worst of Automotive Reliability
Automotive News 
3/24/2015  13 comments
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
NASCAR Puts Kids on STEM Fast Track
STEM Connection 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
Lots of kids enjoy playing with toy race cars, and some may even dream of being race car drivers when they grow up. NASCAR is taking inspiration from this interest with the launch of an in-school and online learning platform for STEM education, the first ever from the sport of racing.
Free 3D Printing Database of Industrial Machines & Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2015  2 comments
Engineers trying to keep track of the ever-ballooning number of materials and machines for additive manufacturing and 3D printing now have some relief: a free searchable database with more than 350 machines and 450 different materials.
Dow Automotive Cuts Composite Cycle Time to 60 Seconds
Engineering Materials 
3/20/2015  Post a comment
At JEC Europe Dow Automotive introduced a new ultra-fast, under-60-second molding cycle time for its commercial-grade VORAFORCE 5300 epoxy resin matrix for carbon composites. It's aimed at high-volume automotive manufacturing.
DoE Energy Rule Will Lead to Bigger, Expensive Motors
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2015  11 comments
In early March, the US Department of Energy put new energy efficiency rules into effect for small, general-purpose electric motors. The agency says these revised regulations will save approximately 2.6 quads of energy and result in approximately $35 billion in energy savings from motors shipped between 2015 and 2044.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
Electronics News 
3/19/2015  14 comments
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Ethernet Switches Built for Tidy Speed and Size
Product News 
3/19/2015  Post a comment
Belden has released Ethernet switches designed to be embedded in other devices. The goal is reduced space and energy consumption.
AeroMobil Says it Will Put a Flying Car on the Market in 2 Years
Blog 
3/18/2015  16 comments
Speaking at SXSW Interactive 2015, AeroMobil co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculik said his company is looking to bring a flying car to market by 2017 as well as develop a self-flying vehicle.
Free Online Manual for Automotive Aluminum Joining
Engineering Materials 
3/18/2015  Post a comment
A new online manual that describes in detail the range of commercial technologies for joining automotive aluminum components is available free from the Aluminum Association.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Optical Silicone
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2015  Post a comment
Proto Labs is now offering an optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) quick-turn molding service using Dow Corning's LSR material. Optical LSR is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that's replacing glass in many optical applications, especially lighting.
Ford Spark Plugs Break During Removal
Made by Monkeys 
3/16/2015  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Manufacturers Struggle to Find Trained Tech People
News 
3/13/2015  28 comments
America’s aging manufacturing base may finally be on the rebound, but it still faces an unexpected dilemma -- lack of trained technical people to carry out the work.
12 New 3D Printing Materials: From Desktops to Powder Bed Fusion
Engineering Materials 
3/13/2015  2 comments
Most of the new 3D printing (3DP) materials we feature in this slideshow are plastic filaments for desktop printers, but we've also thrown in a new filament-making extruder, and news about a super-hard high-end nanosteel.
Supercars Roll at Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/11/2015  2 comments
Every year, ultra-luxury automakers roll out their best and brightest at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This year was no different.
The Top 6 Emerging Manufacturing Technologies of 2015
Blog 
3/9/2015  6 comments
The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies and this year's list is dominated by technologies that will alter the manufacturing landscape forever.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
15 Curious Things We Spotted at Mobile World Congress
Blog 
3/9/2015  1 comment
As the Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show, the stuff we spotted on the show floor this year tend toward the universal.
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