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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in October 2012
Plastic Return Containers Speed Automotive Assembly
Engineering Materials 
10/30/2012  10 comments
Closed-loop/reverse logistics systems using plastic return containers, which are fairly common in the auto industry, can even help speed assembly.
I Fixed My Broken Corvette for $0.00
Sherlock Ohms 
10/26/2012  25 comments
Rather than running up a huge repair bill, one savvy car owner found a Corvette forum and fixed the car himself.
The Datsun's Wiring Was a Mess
Made by Monkeys 
10/26/2012  19 comments
The Datsun 1200 was one wiring problem after another.
Automated Requirements Traceability & Verification of Software: Who Cares? I Do
Guest Blogs 
10/25/2012  4 comments
Today’s device manufacturers face conflicting demands: Get the product out the door. Minimize development cost. Meet ever-changing customer requirements. Certify your device. The list goes on.
New Standard Will Cut EV Charging Time
News 
10/24/2012  48 comments
A revised SAE standard will let plug-in hybrids charge their batteries in as little as 10 minutes and battery-electric cars charge in 20 minutes.
Slideshow: Scenes From Convergence 2012
Automotive News 
10/23/2012  14 comments
The Society of Automotive Engineers' Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit provided a glimpse of future automotive electronics.
Disastrous Automotive Soldering Connections
Made by Monkeys 
10/23/2012  23 comments
Car after car had the same running lights problem -- poor soldering joints.
Nissan's Robotic Car Parks Itself, Picks You Up
Blog 
10/22/2012  36 comments
Nissan's NSC-2015 can find its own parking spot and return to pick you up after being summoned via mobile app.
GM President: It's Time to Electrify & Educate
News 
10/18/2012  52 comments
This week, General Motors North American president Mark Reuss reinforced his company's commitment to electrified vehicles, but cited a need for better education to foster the breakthroughs needed for next-generation EVs.
Rising Engineering Stars: Message Received Loud & Clear
Blog 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Design News is looking for rising engineering stars -- those who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Battery Management Technology Could Boost EV Performance
Automotive News 
10/17/2012  18 comments
Researchers are working on a math-based battery management technique that could dramatically cut charging times for electric vehicles, while boosting useable battery energy and power.
Siemens PLM Software Puts Acquisition Plans in Motion
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/17/2012  3 comments
Siemens PLM Software acquires Kineo CAM in a move that bolsters its PLM suite with motion optimization, collision avoidance, and path planning capabilities for both product design and manufacturing applications.
Not So Simple Mirror Replacement
Made by Monkeys 
10/16/2012  34 comments
Replacing the side view mirror on the Nissan Frontier looks easy, until you have to find the cable connector.
3D Printing Flies High
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2012  15 comments
Materials and processes for creating 3D printed production parts from plastics, metals, and even carbon composites are on the horizon for aerospace applications.
Multi-Touch All-Point Sensing in Automotive Environments
Features 
10/15/2012  10 comments
Touchscreens and trackpads will be increasingly more pervasive with larger sizes and more capable processors, until they eventually become the automotive interface of choice.
Cellulose Could Replace Short Glass Fibers in Composites
News 
10/15/2012  19 comments
Wood and pulp giant Weyerhaeuser has figured out how to make a thermoplastic composite using engineered cellulose fiber from trees, instead of the short glass fibers usually used for reinforcement.
Future Batteries, by the Numbers
Automotive News 
10/12/2012  14 comments
To take EV batteries to the next level, materials scientists are examining a wide array of chemistries, from lithium-sulfur and lithium-air to a new breed of lead-acid.
2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
10/11/2012  7 comments
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Ford, GM Team Up on Transmissions
News 
10/10/2012  23 comments
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are preparing to jointly develop nine- and 10-speed vehicle transmissions to help them meet future fuel economy standards.
Fruit Juice Guards Against Aluminum Corrosion
News 
10/10/2012  19 comments
Extracts of juice from the common date palm fruit may be a greener way to prevent corrosion in the strong, lightweight aluminum alloys in aircraft, cars, and industrial machines.
Slideshow: Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid Hits the Highway in 2014
Automotive News 
10/9/2012  8 comments
Audi AG says it's getting closer to knowing the configuration of the powertrain and battery cooling system for its new A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which will reach production in 2014.
The Car Was Puffed Up on Hot Air
Sherlock Ohms 
10/8/2012  15 comments
The air bag suspension kept the Lincoln Town Car riding high -- too high.
Aluminum Wheels Take Higher Max Load Than Steel
Engineering Materials 
10/5/2012  34 comments
Two new forged aluminum wheels from Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products have higher maximum per-wheel loads than comparable steel wheels.
Michael Waltrip Throttles Up a Digital Simulation Edge
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/3/2012  13 comments
The nascent NASCAR team is fast tracking a winning season with a revamped digital aerodynamics design initiative that shifts digital CFD simulation into high gear.
Big Battery EVs Under Fire
Automotive News 
10/1/2012  92 comments
The latest news from the world of electric cars can't be good for EV battery makers.
3D Printing Stars in Fed-Sponsored Manufacturing Initiative
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2012  9 comments
3D printing and additive manufacturing are now on the radar of the federal government.
Hot-Seat Emergency in the Outback
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2012  37 comments
What were the Outback designers thinking when they placed the emergency button and the seat warmer switch in bumpable positions?




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