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For Fuel Cell Vehicles to be Successful, Cost-Cutting Will Be Critical
Automotive News 
12/28/2015  13 comments
Infrastructure is usually cited as the hurdle facing the new fuel cell vehicles, but the truth is, cost will be an imposing problem, too.
What Finite Element Analysis Means to the Average Joe Engineer
Blog 
12/26/2015  1 comment
Whether you call it simulation, finite element analysis, design verification, or many other names, today most design engineers have simulation tools at their fingertips, often in their CAD program of choice.
Flexible, Virtually Indestructible Glass Could Be Coming
Blog 
12/23/2015  7 comments
A recent development in oxide glass technology could lead to commercialization in as little as five years of an advanced material for automotive windshields to windows for buildings to smartphone screens and thin-film transistor displays.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview Pt II: 7 More Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
Blog 
12/15/2015  Post a comment
In this second preview of the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2016, we look at exhibitors of linear motion, CAE, and mechanical fastening, among others.
Polimotor Says All-Plastic Car Engine Coming Soon, Reveals First Parts & Solvay Materials
Engineering Materials 
12/15/2015  9 comments
Designers of the Polimotor 2 automotive plastic engine have given more detail about which parts will be made from which plastics. Project leader Matti Holtzberg has said up to 10 engine parts will be made using Solvay's materials to reach his goal of an all-plastic, four-cylinder, double-overhead CAM engine.
What Does Working on a 1966 Chevy C10 Fleetside Pickup Have In Common with Upgrading a Vintage Test Set?
Blog 
12/12/2015  15 comments
Just because something is vintage doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t add a lot of value.
20 Inventions Created by Mistake – Part 2
Blog 
12/11/2015  15 comments
Some of the greatest inventions happened purely by accident.
Advanced CAE Pinpoints HVAC System Noise, Helping Engineers Eliminate It
Blog 
12/10/2015  Post a comment
In acoustical analysis targeting noise-reduction in cars, Exa Corp. has been looking to give auto engineers tools to examine flow-induced noise sources such as greenhouse or underbody wind noise, HVAC and blower noise, and noise from within exhaust systems.
8 New 3D Printing Technologies From Formnext & the AM Factory of Tomorrow
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2015  Post a comment
Engineers and others interested in prototyping and end-production using 3D printing and additive manufacturing recently attended the Formnext trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. It was all about metals, better process control, and the factory of tomorrow.
Engineering's Most Important Equations
Blog 
12/7/2015  15 comments
Design News looks at the equations that made engines work, planes fly, and buildings tower more than 1,000 feet in the air.
10 New Plastics For Airplane Interiors, Car Exteriors, and Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
12/5/2015  Post a comment
Along with our current bunch of new plastics and elastomers, we also tell you about new applications they make possible, plus related news.
Design Engineering Tools
Quick Poll 
12/3/2015  3 comments
Top 25 Most Expensive Engineering Degrees
Blog 
12/2/2015  17 comments
Today, many of the great private engineering schools exceed $50,000 a year in total costs. Here's a list of the 25 most expensive.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview: 7 Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
Blog 
12/1/2015  Post a comment
Design News previews some of the solutions exhibitors that will be at the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim in February 2016.
ABB Introduces Its Largest Industrial Robot Ever
Product News 
12/1/2015  Post a comment
The IRB 8700 is aimed at material-handling applications in the automotive, transportation, and other heavy industries.
European Governments Are Driving Clean, Efficient Manufacturing
Blog 
11/30/2015  Post a comment
Governmental policies and mandates in Europe are leading the way in creating low-carbon manufacturing.
Designers of Things Session Will Examine Importance of Haptics
News 
11/29/2015  Post a comment
Designers of electronic interfaces will need to be prepared to incorporate haptics in next generation products, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
10 New 3D Printing Technologies: Multimaterials, Clay, & Factory-Floor Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/25/2015  1 comment
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Digital Design Is a Game-Changer for Auto OEMs
Blog 
11/23/2015  1 comment
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
Plastics Continue to Invade Cars Under the Hood
News 
11/21/2015  Post a comment
High-performance polymers have been making inroads in high-heat, under-hood car environments for awhile now. At some recent industry events, DuPont Performance Polymers showed off several new parts made of polymers designed for these uses.
Why EPA Standard Could Push Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrains Forward
News 
11/19/2015  26 comments
The long-overlooked hydraulic hybrid may finally be on the verge of making gains in the heavy-duty truck market, thanks to newly proposed fuel economy standards from the EPA.
There’s a Goldmine in Big Test and Measurement Data
Blog 
11/18/2015  1 comment
A Frost & Sullivan study forecasts significant growth in big data analytics spending through 2021.
Golden Mousetrap Awards – the Time to Enter Is Now
Blog 
11/16/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation & Control; Design Hardware & Software; Electronics & Test; and Materials & Assembly.
Automakers Planning the Demise of the Internal Combustion Engine?
Automotive News 
11/13/2015  37 comments
The end may not yet be near, but recent statements by two of the world’s biggest automakers point to the fact that the industry has begun to plan for a dramatic decline in vehicles that are powered solely by internal combustion engines.
Proterra Designs Its Buses as Cleansheet Electric Vehicles
Blog 
11/12/2015  9 comments
While electric buses have become a staple of transit agencies all over the globe, one company is gaining share in the US market through a groundbreaking design: building buses from the ground up as battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
3D Printing Is Moving Beyond Prototypes
Blog 
11/12/2015  2 comments
3D printing is not just for prototypes anymore, according to our latest Quick Poll results.
Software Algorithm Reads Damaged Barcodes
Product News 
11/11/2015  Post a comment
Cognex's PowerGrid software is said to read virtually all barcodes, even those that have been badly damaged.
Designing for Global: 8 Steps to Compliance, Testing, and Sales Success
Blog 
11/9/2015  Post a comment
Here are ways companies can get across the high-wire task of getting products to international markets quickly without running into trouble in unfamiliar business and regulatory environments.
Offshore Versus Onshore Product Development: Here's the Skinny
Blog 
11/6/2015  Post a comment
Offshoring hasn't affected only manufacturing; product development activities for years have moved away. But there are four key drivers behind the reshoring of product development.
Federally Backed Applied Research on Industrial Digitalization Pushes Ahead
Blog 
11/6/2015  Post a comment
The Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) recently announced its first five recipients of funding support for projects to solve three major pain points head on.
How to Set a Realistic Delivery Date For Your Project
Blog 
11/4/2015  Post a comment
It will not help you or your company by giving unrealistic project delivery dates, but consistently delivering on time will give you a reputation of integrity and company value.
Seeing Through the 'Eyes' of an Autonomous Car
Blog 
11/2/2015  1 comment
At its recent DevCon, Renesas Electronics provided a peek at autonomous car development, as seen through the eyes of the car itself.
Strange Connections Killed the Mercedes-Benz
Sherlock Ohms 
10/31/2015  19 comments
When your car keeps dying, sometimes you have to sit down to solve the problem.
This Startup Wants Industrial 3D Printing to be Affordable in the Developing World
News 
10/29/2015  1 comment
Austin-based startup re:3D is making cost-effective large format industrial 3D printers and having a lot of fun along the way.
Teaching Autonomous Cars to Learn
Blog 
10/29/2015  3 comments
Machine learning techniques will enable self-driving cars to make more effective use of sensor data.
They're Coming Down, So Expect to See More Ceramic, Metal Matrix Composites
Blog 
10/27/2015  1 comment
Long used in niche military and aerospace applications, ceramic and metal matrix composites are showing up in electronics and commercial jet engines.
Never Forget These 7 Points Before Selecting a High-Tech Adhesive
Blog 
10/27/2015  Post a comment
Choosing the best adhesive for a specific application can be complex, but an understanding of the following parameters will keep you from a sticky design situation.
On Cars, Carbon Fiber Composites Could Hit the Front Door
Blog 
10/27/2015  1 comment
Clemson University is leading a $5.8 million research project to develop an ultra-lightweight car door to help automakers meet federal fuel economy standards.
Autodesk Inventor Update Will Make Everything and Everyone Play Nice
Blog 
10/26/2015  Post a comment
Leveraging the SaaS model, the software giant is due for a six-month update, which will unleash three new intelligence and collaborative features.
You Won't Guess What Makes the BAC Mono Faster Than a Ferrari
Automotive News 
10/22/2015  4 comments
At the recent Autodesk Accelerate event in Boston, the director of product development for a niche hypercar firm replied "no, no, no" to three answers he got for what makes a car go faster. What was the right response?
Tougher, Lighter, Thinner: New Metal Alloys Prove Their Strength
Features 
10/21/2015  Post a comment
High-performance metal alloys are lightening up vehicles to meet new standards and boosting the strength-to-weight ratios of mobile device.
Demilitarized Zones Join Defense-in-Depth in Plant Cyber Security Measures
Features 
10/21/2015  3 comments
Multiple defenses to harden network infrastructures and better management of user access are defeating cyber threats that can be physical, procedural, or electronic.
Self-Driving Cars Are Too Expensive for Mass Production
Automotive News 
10/20/2015  70 comments
A panel of automotive experts at the Renesas DevCon suggested that the technology for such autonomous vehicles is still far too expensive to be practical.
Have You Entered In Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards Yet?
Blog 
10/19/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation and Control, Design Hardware and Software, Electronics and Test, and Materials and Assembly.
The 20 Worst Inventions of All Time — Part 2
Blog 
10/19/2015  39 comments
From useless to outright ridiculous - here's a collection of the top ten gadgets and inventions that never should have left the drawing board.
These 6 New Coatings and Sealants Are Aimed at the Toughest Environments
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2015  Post a comment
Whether it's the outside of an aircraft, the inside of an electronics module, or the surface of heavy-use industrial flooring, these coating and sealant materials are suitable for the job.
Mankind's 20 Greatest Inventions — Part 2
Electronics News 
10/15/2015  17 comments
We're counting down the inventions that have had the greatest impact on our lives. Now it's time for the top ten.
9 New Tougher, Stronger 3D Printing Materials: Carbon, Nylon, and Heat-Resistant
Engineering Materials 
10/14/2015  Post a comment
A slew of recent 3D printing (3DP) material product introductions has included several that are tougher than the rest, giving you stronger, lighter prints.
Will Robots Put You Out of a Job, Or Give You a New One?
Engineering Materials 
10/13/2015  7 comments
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
Ford Picks Alcoa's Tough, Fast Micromill Aluminum for 2016 F-150
Engineering Materials 
10/9/2015  Post a comment
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
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