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posted in October 2013
Slideshow: Latest 3D Printing Materials Include Nickel Alloy
News 
10/31/2013  6 comments
EOS's new 3D printing materials for final production parts introduced at the K show include a nickel alloy resistant to heat and corrosion and two new plastic materials in the company's PrimePart line: a flame-retardant PA 12 for aircraft interiors and a PEBA 2301.
Decaying Rubber Has Whistle Effect
Made by Monkeys 
10/30/2013  33 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: New Materials for Cars Resist Chemicals, High Temps
News 
10/30/2013  6 comments
DuPont debuted several new products, most of them for automotive applications, at the K 2013 plastics and elastomers show.
Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  38 comments
You don’t have to be an engineer to have an opinion about engineering. We offer insight from the minds of Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and James Cameron, among many others.
Toyota's Unintended Acceleration Woes Are Likely to Drag On
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  35 comments
Toyota's recent loss in an unintended acceleration case should make one thing clear to observers: This is only the beginning.
Engineers Reinvent Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
10/29/2013  15 comments
Engineers are reinventing 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM). The latest idea, from father/son-startup Vader Systems, uses liquid metal jet printing (LMJP) to make solid metal, full-production parts.
Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
10/28/2013  33 comments
Daimler’s recent introduction of a doorless, open-roof electric car might have startled some, but in the wild world of concept cars it’s far from daring.
Is Wireless EV Charging the Better Way?
Captain Hybrid 
10/25/2013  110 comments
Wireless EV chargers, designed by HEVO Power, have hit NYC streets. Park over one, and your electric vehicle could reach a near-full charge in about an hour.
Slideshow: Optimizing the Design of Cars & Planes
Engineering Materials 
10/25/2013  15 comments
Sophisticated optimization software turns out to be a secret weapon behind aerospace and automotive companies' ability to successfully incorporate new materials like carbon composites into their designs. It's also behind several other innovations in aerospace and automotive design.
Golden Mousetraps? What's That?
Blog 
10/25/2013  9 comments
The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" Find out here.
Slideshow: Chevy to Roll Out CNG-Capable Impala
Captain Hybrid 
10/23/2013  26 comments
Chevrolet plans to rolls out a bi-fuel version of its Impala next summer. It will join Honda’s Civic Natural Gas Car as the industry’s only factory-built CNG sedans.
What Made the Mustang Squeak?
Sherlock Ohms 
10/23/2013  34 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: Get Ready for Hydraulic Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/22/2013  36 comments
The hydraulic hybrid may not be grabbing headlines, but it’s a solid fuel-efficient technology with a potential future in heavy-duty vehicles.
Can Hydraulic Hybrids Compete With Electric Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
10/21/2013  25 comments
Hydraulic hybrids could play a role in heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years, and may even find application in next-generation cars.
Aluminum Armor Plate Good Enough for Humvees
News 
10/21/2013  20 comments
Alcoa's newest weldable armor plate alloy is now specified by the US Army Research Lab for use in military vehicles, including Humvees.
Slideshow: Cadillac's Plug-In ELR Will Sell for $75K
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2013  32 comments
Almost five years since its introduction as a concept car at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is finally slated to hit the streets at a starting price of $75,995.
Update: Racing in Bridgestone's 2013 Solar World Challenge
Guest Blogs 
10/17/2013  8 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced it through the Australian Outback during the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Growing Need for Optimization, Simulation in Design Process
Blog 
10/17/2013  25 comments
The growing need for simulation and optimization in product design was a major theme at Altair's 2013 Americas Technology Conference. Optimization can improve the product concept and lead to new product designs, as well as improve design and manufacturing processes.
GM Chooses Micro- Over Mild-Hybrid in New Malibu
Captain Hybrid 
10/16/2013  8 comments
In a move that highlights the rise of micro-hybrid technology in next-generation vehicles, General Motors has chosen to stick with start-stop technology on its 2014 Chevy Malibu, while discarding a more costly mild hybrid system.
The Pre-Cat Blew Up My MR2 Spyder
Made by Monkeys 
10/16/2013  41 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
EV Battery Maker A123 to Focus on Micro-Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/15/2013  21 comments
A123 Systems LLC, which opened North America’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in 2010, is retargeting its lithium-ion technology toward the fast-growing micro-hybrid market.
Plastic Car Sandwich Material Modeled on Bone
Engineering Materials 
10/14/2013  19 comments
Bayer MaterialScience has designed a prototype car trunk lid, using a sandwich structure with a dense outer skin made of a glass fiber/polycarbonate-based thermoplastic composite and a polyurethane foam inner core.
$600 for a 50-Cent Fix
Made by Monkeys 
10/14/2013  25 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
It's All in the Robot's Timing
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2013  23 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.
Video: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds
Blog 
10/10/2013  7 comments
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg's 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph -- for a starting price of $1.46 million.
Automakers Can Capture Production Data to Produce Better Cars
Features 
10/10/2013  3 comments
The bottom line for the automaker is improved quality. An additional benefit of a complete error-proofing system is improved efficiency through better line balancing and throughput.
Slideshow: Koenigsegg's $1.46M 'Hypercar' Goes From 0-62 in 2.9 Seconds Flat
Electronic News & Comment 
10/9/2013  28 comments
Koenigsegg Automotive AB's 2014 Agera S "hypercar" goes from 0 to 62 in under 3 seconds, hits a top speed of 260 mph, and starts at $1.46 million.
Aerodynamics Simulation Gets Faster in Virtual Wind Tunnel
Blog 
10/9/2013  11 comments
At the 2013 Americas Altair Technology Conference, Altair introduced Virtual Wind Tunnel, an application that speeds wind tunnel simulation and makes it more accurate for evaluating a vehicle's external aerodynamics.
Where Rubber (& Oil) Meet the Road
Made by Monkeys 
10/9/2013  38 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: 'Bizarre' Incident Led to Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/8/2013  56 comments
The metal object that caused last week's Tesla Model S EV battery fire reportedly tore through the bottom of car, leaving a gaping hole in the armor plate that protects the battery.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
10/7/2013  39 comments
Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/4/2013  44 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/3/2013  26 comments
The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Captain Hybrid 
10/2/2013  16 comments
General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Multiple Materials, Colors & Textures Gets Closer
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2013  21 comments
The ability to 3D-print multiple materials, colors, and textures in the same piece is getting closer with some major breakthroughs in hardware and software.




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