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10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  49 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Blog 
4/17/2014  1 comment
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
The Rise of Industrial Machines
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Worldwide economic expansion is spurring growth in industrial machinery sales to 5% or 6% per year through 2018.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  2 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
4/14/2014  7 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the sub-systems of today's late-model vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment and DVD players are still prone to be "buggy."
Soldering Required to Replace Instrument Panel Bulb
Made by Monkeys 
4/14/2014  3 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  6 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
Lightweighting: The Future of Aluminum
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2014  1 comment
The shift to aluminum is gaining momentum and the demand from automakers for aluminum is soaring, "expecting to reach one billion pounds this year, up from 200 million in 2012, and to grow by more than 30% annually through 2020."
Slideshow: New Carbon Composites for Volume Car Production
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2014  20 comments
At the JEC Europe 2014 composites show in Paris, many companies showcased their carbon fiber composite products, especially for volume automotive manufacturing. Some companies touted their contributions to BMW's all-carbon composite body-in-white. Others introduced automotive products and processes.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didnít Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  75 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Tricky Spark Plugs Take Hours to Replace
Made by Monkeys 
4/4/2014  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Stronger Aluminum Alloy Lightens Heavy Truck Wheels
News 
4/3/2014  1 comment
Alcoa calls its new forged aluminum wheel, made with an alloy it recently invented, the lightest in the world for heavy-duty trucks, at just over half the weight of an equivalent steel wheel.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Bluetooth Device Ends Distracted Driving
News 
4/2/2014  12 comments
Called SafeRide, the device works in conjunction with a smartphone app to lock the driverís smartphone screen, mute the audio, and disable the hardware buttons as soon as the car starts moving.
Slideshow: What I Learned in Engineering School
Blog 
4/1/2014  50 comments
Here's a list of counterintuitive engineering principles that are taught in engineering school.
Temperature Swings Really Do Affect EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
4/1/2014  27 comments
A pure electric car with a lithium-ion battery can lose as much as 57% of its range when the temperature dips and 33% when the mercury rises, a new AAA study says.
Report: Biochemicals, Bio-Based Materials Capacity to Jump
Engineering Materials 
4/1/2014  1 comment
A report forecasts a big capacity increase for bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those that go into bioplastics. These are mostly based on first-generation feedstocks like corn and sugarcane, but second-generation cellulosic feedstocks continue to grow slowly.
Laser Cutting Technique Could Improve Fuel Injection
Product News 
3/31/2014  1 comment
A new laser could make it easier and faster to cut precise spray holes in fuel injectors, ultimately helping automakers to boost the fuel economy of their engines.
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
News 
3/28/2014  25 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Slideshow: More Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2014  9 comments
This is the fourth blog in an occasional series on 3D printing and additive manufacturing. This time, we'll tell you about architects 3D printing with ice and marble, some firsts in 3D printing titanium, and a university R&D team with a faster way to print multimaterial objects.
Basing Business on Future Technology
Blog 
3/27/2014  18 comments
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies analyzes major megatrends across 32 market segments to determine what products to develop.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  37 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
Slideshow: Itís a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
Electronic News & Comment 
3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 
3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  33 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
A Useable User Manual Is the Key to This Car
Made by Monkeys 
3/21/2014  19 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Advanced Steels, Aluminum Answer the Call of Automakers
News 
3/20/2014  12 comments
Driven by the need to improve fuel efficiency and safety, automakers are turning to a new blend of high-strength steels and aluminum in their vehicles.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motorsí proposed ďGigafactory,Ē itís hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
News 
3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
Slideshow: View Automation's History, From George Washington to Robots Everywhere
Blog 
3/17/2014  10 comments
The history of automation begins in 1790 and roars through the 20th Century with stunning advances. One of the highlights was the Ford River Rouge Plant -- iron ore went into one end of the plant and a finished Model T came out the other end.
3D-Printed Wood – Really!
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2014  36 comments
Does it sound like magic? It's not. You can 3D-print with wood filaments right now, using a choice of colors and filament widths. Objects made from these materials range from things resembling plastic or lumber to stunningly beautiful art pieces that look just like the real thing.
3D-Printing an Entire Car & a Bigger, Faster Commercial 3D Printer
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2014  16 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) is partnering with Local Motors to develop technology that will 3D-print an entire production-model car. A second deal with Cincinnati Inc. will develop a huge, very fast commercial 3D printer.
Slideshow: Dream Cars of 2014
News 
3/13/2014  30 comments
Weíve collected photos of ďdream carsĒ from the Geneva Motor Show, as well as from the recent auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. From Maserati and Lamborghini to Chevy and Toyota, we offer a few of the recent standouts.
Slideshow: 3D-Printed Carbon Composite Yacht Model
Engineering Materials 
3/13/2014  4 comments
CRP Technology has 3D-printed a 1:14 scale model of a yacht in carbon fiber composites to demonstrate the possibilities and give a boost to boat design. The material and process are also used for under-hood motorsport applications and in aerospace.
Check Memo for Intermittent Electronic Problems
Made by Monkeys 
3/13/2014  13 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: 3D Printed Metal Bike Frames & Parts
Engineering Materials 
3/12/2014  27 comments
Final frames for a bike made by Renishaw have been 3D printed in titanium, and bike component maker Kappius uses EOS machines to produce complex tool steel end-product parts.
Chasing Down an Errant Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 
3/11/2014  24 comments
The problem with the engine light was not the usual sort. Only Sherlock Ohms could chase down the real problem.
Slideshow: Venom GT Clocks in at Record 270 MPH
News 
3/10/2014  23 comments
The world record for a two-seat sports car tumbled last month, as a Hennessey Venom GT hit a max speed of 270 mph.
Slideshow: Considering the History of Electric Cars...
Captain Hybrid 
3/6/2014  37 comments
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
Carbon & Fiberglass Composite Compound Is Cheaper
Engineering Materials 
3/5/2014  9 comments
A new compression molding compound material combines the light weight, strength, and rigidity of carbon fibers with the flexibility and lower cost of glass materials in a composite compatible with automotive production.
Coatings Stand Up to Harsh Environments
Features 
3/4/2014  8 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in materials R&D, new product development, low-volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
Why Did It Take GM a Decade to Identify Ignition Switch Problems?
Electronic News & Comment 
3/3/2014  55 comments
Further investigations on the matter may serve as a case study on how big manufacturers handle the smallest details of design.
Plastic Bearings Are Real & igus Is Proving It on a World Tour
Engineering Materials 
3/3/2014  15 comments
Plastic bearings are real and millions of them are in use doing heavy-duty jobs we used to think only metals could do. Some of Germany-based igus's bearings are traveling around the world as functional parts in a car to demonstrate what they can do.
Could Tesla 'Gigafactory' Bring EVs to the Masses?
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2014  38 comments
Tesla Motors plans to build a huge battery factory in hopes of making electric cars affordable for the general public.
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