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Simulation Helps Design a Fuel Tank
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2014  10 comments
When most people think of their car’s fuel tank, it’s a simple thought about keeping it from running dry. For engineers, designing an automotive fuel tank is a complicated (and sometimes costly) endeavor.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Plugs in the New Golf
Captain Hybrid 
2/26/2014  7 comments
Volkswagen AG plans to unveil the next piece of its multi-pronged sustainability strategy next week, rolling out the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show.
Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2014  16 comments
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Captain Hybrid 
2/25/2014  44 comments
California's Zero Emission Vehicle laws have been adopted by seven other states, and could bring 3.3 million electric vehicles to the road by 2025.
3D Printing Approaches End Production With Single, Multi-Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/25/2014  8 comments
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.
More Rule Changes Coming for 1 to 500 HP Motors
Guest Blogs 
2/24/2014  12 comments
With the new proposed rule, almost all three-phase motors in three-digit NEMA frames and also enclosed 56-frame (plus IEC equivalents) will need to meet premium efficiency levels per MG 1 table 12-12. This includes NEMA Designs A, B, and C, and IEC Designs N and H.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Captain Hybrid 
2/21/2014  57 comments
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2014  38 comments
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
World's Smallest Reed Switch Makes Technology Easier to Swallow
Electronic News & Comment 
2/19/2014  14 comments
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Slideshow: Smart Devices Add Intelligence to the Next-Gen Home
Blog 
2/18/2014  21 comments
Innovative inventors have developed a range of gadgets to create a more intelligent lifestyle, from a temperature-driven sleep sensor to a device that combines GPS and other sensors to monitor aspects of an automobile.
Gadget Freak Review: DIY Open-Source Car, Smartphone-Controlled Radiator Cover
Gadget Freak 
2/14/2014  8 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at an open-source DIY car that can be assembled in an hour and an intelligent radiator cover controlled though a smartphone app.
Slideshow: Adhesives Make BMW's All-Carbon Composite Body-in-White
Engineering Materials 
2/14/2014  6 comments
The new BMW i3's entire body-in-white is made of carbon fiber composites, a first in automotive mass production. Its construction has been made possible by Dow Automotive Systems' Betaforce structural adhesives.
Slideshow: Robots Are Taking Over the Plants
Blog 
2/13/2014  28 comments
Industrial robots are taking on a greater range of tasks, from picking up delicate items to running a clean food line.
Driverless Cars Are Coming to England
Guest Blogs 
2/13/2014  13 comments
The UK government recently unveiled a £1.5 million project to design and manufacture a range of driverless vehicles, which will become operational in a UK city center.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
Captain Hybrid 
2/11/2014  28 comments
Kia Motors laid the foundation for an electric future last week, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
Slideshow: Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Momentum
Captain Hybrid 
2/10/2014  34 comments
Electric car batteries can do more than power electric cars. They can send current to homes and buildings or send it back to the grid. They may one day store energy from wind and solar farms.
Slideshow: Recycled Composites, Plastics Go Commercial
Engineering Materials 
2/7/2014  20 comments
Some plastics, like water bottle materials, are a lot easier to recycle than others, but progress is being made in materials availability. It's often spurred by the demands of big manufacturers.
Obama Ratchets Up Support of Natural Gas Vehicles
News 
2/6/2014  36 comments
President Obama's State of the Union address last week contained a surprising reference to natural gas cars and trucks and omitted any mention of electric vehicles, leaving some to wonder whether the administration is embracing a slight shift in policy.
America Makes Funds Second Wave of 3D Printing Projects
Engineering Materials 
2/6/2014  5 comments
The former National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute awarded funds to a second wave of 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects. They involve multiple processes, metal and polymer materials, and several companies we've discussed before.
Shorted Spark Plugs Cause Misfire Code
Sherlock Ohms 
2/6/2014  8 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Slideshow: Plug-Ins Roll at Detroit Auto Show
Captain Hybrid 
2/5/2014  12 comments
Though plug-in introductions were down at this year's North American International Auto Show, hybrids and pure electrics still made their mark.
Reshoring's a Reality – Manufacturing's Coming Back
Blog 
2/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at A.T. Kearney see a definite trend in manufacturers bringing their production back to North America.
Slideshow: The New Mustang's Technology Leads the Way
Electronic News & Comment 
2/3/2014  55 comments
Ford Motor Co. will give new meaning to the term “muscle car” in 2014 by rolling out a Mustang that features a small engine with big power numbers.
3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping Added to Golden Mousetrap Awards
Engineering Materials 
2/3/2014  20 comments
The products and services in the materials and assembly category of the Golden Mousetrap Awards keep expanding. This year, we've added a new section: 3D printing and rapid prototyping materials, tools, and services.
Slideshow: Automakers, Start Your Engines!
Electronic News & Comment 
1/30/2014  36 comments
Automakers know they’ll never reach super-high corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) ratings without lighter, smarter, more efficient engines.
Magnetic Sensor ICs Offer Integrated Diagnostics for ASIL Compliance
Features 
1/30/2014  Post a comment
The ever-evolving requirements of the automotive, industrial, and commercial markets will continue to drive demand for electronic content.
Learning Labs Focus on Robotics & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2014  3 comments
At the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show next month UBM Canon is introducing Learning Labs. Here's what's up on the sessions covering robotics and manufacturing.
Carbon-Reinforced Compound Bests Metal Specs for Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2014  15 comments
RTP Company has developed carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds for injection molding with specs that vie with metals in their stiffness and strength.
Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
1/28/2014  41 comments
Light-emitting diodes are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.
My Opinion on Manufacturing: It Is Coming Back - Really!
Blog 
1/28/2014  28 comments
After decades of having jobs move to countries where labor was far cheaper, the tide is finally beginning to turn.
Tactile Pressure Sensing Is Paving the Way for Next-Gen Car Features
Guest Blogs 
1/27/2014  3 comments
As the world’s automakers continue to improve the user experience, dashboard controls and other functions will have to become simultaneously sleeker and simpler in appearance and more sophisticated in operation. And tactile pressure sensing technology could be the game changer.
Slideshow: Why Ford Was Able to Use Aluminum in F-150 Truck
News 
1/24/2014  43 comments
If the aluminum body in the new F-150 pickup is successful, Ford Motor Co. can thank the engineers at Aston Martin and Jaguar.
Learning Labs Focus on Materials & 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
1/24/2014  6 comments
Next month the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, and co-located events, will feature 30 two-hour Learning Labs. Here's the skinny on the sessions covering materials and 3D printing.
Golden Mousetraps Awards: Strong Field for Electronics, Few Winners
Electronic News & Comment 
1/22/2014  2 comments
Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards featured a strong field of finalists in the Electronics & Test categories.
3D Print Metals For Under $2,000
Engineering Materials 
1/21/2014  31 comments
You can build a low-cost open-source 3D printer that makes metal parts for less than $2,000, designed by Joshua M. Pearce and his team at Michigan Technological University (MTU). MTU and Sigma Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding to support commercial development.
Slideshow: New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
1/20/2014  18 comments
The 2014 North American International Auto Show, which opened to the public in snowy Detroit last week, offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
Blog 
1/20/2014  23 comments
Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.
The IoT Impacts Manufacturing, Too
Guest Blogs 
1/17/2014  11 comments
Today, all signs point to the value of the IoT. It’s here, it’s not going anywhere, and it has the potential for a multitrillion-dollar worldwide economic impact.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Design Tools Finalists
Blog 
1/15/2014  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Design Tools category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
CES 2014: Analog Devices Rolls Out Audio Processor
Product News 
1/15/2014  5 comments
Audio applications ranging from automotive headsets to home speakers may get a boost from a new processor that packs three times as much signal processing capability in a package that's about half the size of its predecessors.
Will Parking Problems Slow the Rise of Electric Vehicles?
Captain Hybrid 
1/14/2014  42 comments
Battery-powered vehicles may now face a different kind of stumbling block on the path to widespread acceptance.
Plastic Replaces Metal in Car Engine
Engineering Materials 
1/13/2014  27 comments
Ford replaced brazed metal manifold components in two new V6 engines with DuPont's Zytel HTN PPA resin, saving 1 lb. in weight and $1 in cost per engine.
'Appvice' Blocks Distracted Driving
Electronic News & Comment 
1/10/2014  28 comments
Parents of teen drivers may now have a way to remotely prevent use of a smartphone while their child is behind the wheel.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Changes What Engineers Can Do With 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
1/9/2014  15 comments
3D Systems has introduced printers, services, and software that will change what engineers can do with 3D printing. These include a bigger and faster SLA build volume, another printer that does multiple colors in plastic, one that prints plastic multi-material objects bigger and faster, ceramic 3D printing via the cloud, and a universal print driver.
Can An Engineer Prevent the Unknown?
Electronic News & Comment 
1/9/2014  23 comments
Will future engineers have to find ways to prove self-driving features don't cause accidents?
Seat Switch Cost Turns Consumer Off
Made by Monkeys 
1/8/2014  41 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Metals in Space
Engineering Materials 
1/7/2014  23 comments
The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun a program for designing a large-scale 3D printer that will work in space to make high-performance metal components and even entire satellites.
Are Carmakers Using the Latest Steel Technology?
Guest Blogs 
1/7/2014  9 comments
In 2011, the global steel industry published the FutureSteelVehicle engineering report, a guidebook for getting the most out of steel for lightweighting. Are these ideas being put into practice?
Spiral Ring, Wave Spring Simplify Setting of Tapered Roller Bearings
Product News 
1/7/2014  2 comments
Tapered bearings are used on a variety of equipment and machinery, including automobile wheel bearing assemblies, agriculture, construction and mining equipment, as well as gear boxes, engine motors, and reducers.
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