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Slideshow: Electric Motorcycles Get Revved
Electronic News & Comment 
7/10/2014  6 comments
From superbikes to cargo cycles, we offer a glimpse of the strange new world of electric motorcycles.
Slideshow: 2014 Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
7/8/2014  12 comments
From plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles to CNG trucks and hydrogen-powered cars, we offer a peek at the growing category of alternative fuel vehicles.
3D-Printed Steel Building Structures
Engineering Materials 
7/2/2014  16 comments
Structural engineers have developed a design method for 3D printing structural steel elements to be used in construction projects. Complex, individually designed pieces can be created far more efficiently, and costs and waste will be reduced.
Position Sensor Boosts Rotational Measurement Accuracy
Product News 
7/1/2014  4 comments
A new family of magnetic position sensors promises to boost accuracy of pumps and motors in applications ranging from automobiles to factory automation systems.
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
Blog 
6/30/2014  33 comments
Here’s a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Toyota's FCV Fuel Cell Sedan -- First Look
Captain Hybrid 
6/30/2014  24 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen-powered future last week by revealing the exterior of a fuel cell sedan that will go on sale in 2015.
Consumer-Grade 3D-Printable Metal Casting Resin
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2014  10 comments
MadeSolid is offering a 3D-printable casting resin for making small metal parts for things like jewelry. It costs a lot less than previous alternatives and can be used with multiple consumer-grade printers -- an industry first.
10 Views of Big Data
Blog 
6/25/2014  16 comments
Big data will change they way we design things, the way we do business, and the way we live.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2014  9 comments
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing a thermoplastic carbon composite wheel with a matrix based on SABIC's ULTEM resin. Kringlan says its process is geared toward high volumes, short cycle times, and in-house recycling of production waste and end-of-life materials.
Video: Harley Road Tests Electric Hog
News 
6/24/2014  29 comments
Harley-Davidson is preparing to test a product that may turn out to be the ultimate in environmentally friendly transportation: a green hog.
Use CFD to Design an Environmentally Friendly Car
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2014  2 comments
The use of CFD is more profound in automobile design because of the diverse physics involved. It can be used to optimize components for downsizing and reducing the environmental footprint while maintaining or improving operational efficiency.
Can Automakers Meet the Growing Number of EV Mandates?
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2014  29 comments
At least eight states have launched EV mandates. Auto industry analysts wonder whether automakers can meet their requirements.
Slideshow: igus's 3D-Printable Bearings Material
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2014  5 comments
igus is offering its tribological, integrated lubricant polymer in a filament for 3D-printing custom bearings, bushings, and prototypes. The Tribo-Filament is compatible with any filament fusion printer that has a heated nozzle and print bed, and uses ABS filaments.
Nissan Rolls Out Its 2nd Electric Vehicle
Captain Hybrid 
6/19/2014  36 comments
Taking aim at a market long believed to be well-suited for electric powertrains, Nissan Motor Co. has rolled out a battery-powered cargo van that it plans to sell in Europe and Japan.
Hyundai Hits the Road With Fuel Cell Car
Captain Hybrid 
6/18/2014  11 comments
Hyundai Motor America took a small step into the futuristic world of fuel cells last week, handing over the keys to the first customer of its hydrogen-powered car.
Entering the Auto Part Abyss
Made by Monkeys 
6/18/2014  25 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The IIoT: It’s Everywhere
Blog 
6/18/2014  8 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming an important factor in the growing efficiency and optimization of plants.
11 Least Fuel-Efficient Trucks
Electronic News & Comment 
6/16/2014  23 comments
From pickups and minivans to sport utility vehicles, we offer a peek at a few of the least fuel-efficient light-duty trucks.
Automotive Lightweighting Groups Get Serious
Engineering Materials 
6/16/2014  7 comments
Industry trade groups, materials manufacturers, and software companies are getting serious about helping automotive manufacturers with vehicle lightweighting. This spring, four different consortia and partnerships were formed.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Car Design Challenge
Blog 
6/13/2014  3 comments
Selected from more than 200 submitted concepts, the winning design will inspire the full-size Local Motors prototype vehicle that will be printed at IMTS, in Chicago, in September.
Ford & Heinz Test Tomato-Based Plastic
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2014  13 comments
Ford and Heinz are testing bioplastics that use waste tomato fiber. Researchers have made some composites and are evaluating their properties, with the goal of making a strong, lightweight composite that can be used in a car's non-structural components.
New DSP Targets Advanced Occupancy Detection
Product News 
6/12/2014  2 comments
A new high-performance digital signal processor family offers a low-power solution for applications ranging from occupancy detection to building automation to automotive noise cancellation.
Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks
Electronic News & Comment 
6/11/2014  18 comments
From pickups to minivans to sport utility vehicles, here's a look at the 10 most fuel-efficient light-duty trucks for 2014.
15 Famous Film Factories
Blog 
6/9/2014  27 comments
Take our tour of 15 factories and plants, and see how they have been depicted in the movies and on TV over the years.
Mobile Apps Speed Up Production
Guest Blogs 
6/9/2014  4 comments
A Detroit automaker was struggling with a semi-manual, labor-intensive parts receiving process. Workers had enter parts into a spreadsheet manually at a stationary workstation. This stopped the receiving process dead in its tracks. A better system was needed.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall
News 
6/6/2014  26 comments
General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Video: EV Battery Maker Aims for 1,000 Miles per Charge
Captain Hybrid 
6/6/2014  22 comments
An Israel-based battery company has demonstrated an aluminum-air chemistry that it claims can deliver as much as 1,000 miles per charge to electric cars.
Memory Polymers Are Stronger, Cheaper & Recyclable
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2014  7 comments
Stronger, lighter, cheaper, self-healing, and recyclable, too? IBM says they're all true about its new family of industrial thermoset polymers.
Slideshow: Make Way for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
6/5/2014  29 comments
Google’s recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it’s hardly a new idea within the confines of the auto industry.
3D Print Plastic & Electronics in One Pass
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2014  3 comments
Stanford University grad students have developed open-source technology that 3D prints conductive traces and plastic in one pass. Their startup is selling a liquid syringe extruder that plugs into a filament fusion printer, a plug-in replacement dual extruder, and a dual-extrusion 3D printer.
What's That Thing Atop the Google Car?
Electronic News & Comment 
6/4/2014  28 comments
Newshounds and auto aficionados were baffled last week after seeing what looked like a coffee maker atop the new prototype version of Google’s self-driving car. So what is it exactly?
10 Teens Who Are Out to Change the World
STEM Connection 
6/3/2014  29 comments
Some of the most innovative designs these days are coming from the minds of teenagers, a fact that shows a lot of promise for the next generation of engineers.
12 Cars With the Worst Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 
6/2/2014  46 comments
With fuel efficiency considered a national priority, media stories tend to naturally gravitate toward the cars with the best miles-per-gallon ratings. But low-mileage cars are still being built, and, in many cases, consumers are paying a premium for them.
Design a Crankless Engine
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2014  27 comments
Since the invention of the internal-combustion engine, a Slider Crank mechanism has been used to transfer power from the combustion chamber through the piston to the connecting rod to the crankshaft. Over time, many changes have occurred in the combustion chamber to improve power and reduce emissions.
Software Platform Simulates Operation of Hybrids, EVs
Product News 
5/27/2014  6 comments
Two companies have teamed up to create a software platform that simulates the operation of electric cars and hybrids, from the movement of ions in the battery cells to the hum of the electric motors and engines.
Why Automotive Defect Numbers Are Soaring
Electronic News & Comment 
5/22/2014  24 comments
Recent reports of automotive defects and recalls are troubling, but they’re not unusual. They’re certainly not going to go away, no matter how hard engineers try.
One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
News 
5/21/2014  10 comments
General Motors has again added to its already long list of recalls, citing 2.4 million more cars for lap belt, airbag, and transmission problems, as well as 218,000 for a potentially dangerous overheating hazard in the dashboard center stack.
20 Ways to Boost Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 
5/21/2014  44 comments
From turbochargers and electric motors, to motor-generators and air conditioning compressors, we present some of the best fuel-sipping innovations.
BMW Unveils Solar-Energy Harvesting Carport
Blog 
5/21/2014  26 comments
BMW and Solarwatt have unveiled the Solarwatt Carport System, which includes a rooftop and a micro-generation system for households in addition to generating solar energy to charge the vehicles.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
Blog 
5/20/2014  50 comments
Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives. Here are 10 of them.
Parts Commonality Can Make for Big Recall Headaches
Electronic News & Comment 
5/20/2014  12 comments
Economies of scale can cut manufacturing and development costs, but engineers who grow too fond of using common parts would do well to consider the recent recall numbers of General Motors.
BASF Reveals More BMWi3 Materials
Engineering Materials 
5/20/2014  9 comments
The BMW i3's carbon fiber composite breakthroughs include contributions from several suppliers. BASF, which already announced its carbon composite rear seat pan, recently said more of its plastics and composites play a role in several parts of the car, some of which are firsts in a production vehicle.
Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
Blog 
5/19/2014  47 comments
Here are the top 15 engineering schools, ranked by the average starting salaries of their graduates. The list also show each school's mid-career average salary.
3D Printing Needs to Open Up
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2014  13 comments
The prototyping-based models 3D printing has used for 30 years must change if the industry is to continue growing and shift to production parts, says a new Lux Research study.
Slideshow: GM Announces Another Giant Recall
News 
5/16/2014  30 comments
General Motors is recalling 2.7 million more vehicles for defects involving tail lamps, headlights, brakes, tie rods, and windshield wipers.
Video: World's Fastest RC Racer
Blog 
5/16/2014  9 comments
Nic Case has beat his own land speed record with the world’s fastest RC car. This time he hit 188 MPH!
Battery Sales Show Tesla Has a Long Way to Go
Captain Hybrid 
5/15/2014  33 comments
If recent sales numbers are any indication, Tesla Motors' goal of 50,000 battery packs a year could be a long way off.
Slideshow: Proto Labs Buys 3D Printing Service Bureau
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2014  18 comments
Not long after 3D printing leader Stratasys bought two service bureaus, rapid prototyping service bureau extraordinaire Proto Labs has embraced the technology by buying a service bureau focused solely on additive manufacturing. Before this acquisition, Proto Labs has concentrated on CNC machining and injection molding.
Would You Pay $30K for an Electric Car?
Captain Hybrid 
5/12/2014  101 comments
Even if automakers cut the cost of the electric vehicle battery and reach the $30,000 target, big sales are hardly a foregone conclusion. There's still no guarantee that large percentages of mainstream buyers will bite.
Wearable Tech Meets the IoT Meets the Cloud
Blog 
5/12/2014  4 comments
A number of tech trends, including the IoT, cloud computing, and wearable technology, are converging as they expand.
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