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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in December 2011
The Radio Is Buried in the Dash
Made by Monkeys 
12/29/2011  19 comments
The old car radio tubes had to be changed frequently. Unfortunately, the radio was buried in the dash.
The Ignition Problem Is Hiding
Sherlock Ohms 
12/28/2011  32 comments
No matter what was tried, this Ford Fairlane owner just couldn't fix the ignition problem until many years later.
Robotic Misfire on K Car Weld
Made by Monkeys 
12/27/2011  26 comments
Robots do a great job of welding, as long as they weld the right spot.
Ford Turns Recycled Bottles Into Car Seats
News 
12/21/2011  29 comments
Plastic bottles and post-industrial waste turn into seat fabric for Ford's Focus EV.
Slideshow: Focus Electric Vehicle Hits Production Line
Captain Hybrid 
12/20/2011  26 comments
Ford has launched production of its battery-powered Focus Electric.
Thermoplastic Resin Has Glass-Like Qualities
News 
12/20/2011  20 comments
New thermoplastic has all the best characteristics of thermosetting resins, except it can be reshaped at high temperatures, like glass.
EVs Seen Dumping Power to Grid, Spurring Renewable Energy
Captain Hybrid 
12/16/2011  35 comments
A new study suggests that automakers will begin to adopt vehicle-to-grid technologies in the next five years.
Car Composites on Fast Track
Blog 
12/15/2011  13 comments
GM, Teijin agreement will move carbon-fiber composites into mainstream automotive manufacturing.
Ethernet for Vehicles Advances
Electronic News & Comment 
12/14/2011  23 comments
Ethernet in the car, once an unthinkable concept for the automotive industry, has been gaining momentum lately.
Case of the Constantly Dying Car
Sherlock Ohms 
12/14/2011  10 comments
Sometimes the car dies. Sometimes it works fine. How do you fix that?
Case of the Anti-Seize Backfires
Sherlock Ohms 
12/13/2011  16 comments
The ignition problems with your car could track back to the anti-seize compound you used to loosen the plugs.
Li-Ion Battery Costs Challenge Engineers on EV Safety
Captain Hybrid 
12/9/2011  43 comments
Lithium-ion battery costs are already high, and concerns about crashwortiness won't help.
What's the Toughest Challenge of the Year?
Wolfe's Den 
12/9/2011  19 comments
From the rise of the digital factory to energy efficiency, four trends are roiling the design and industrial space.
Top 12 Hot Design Technologies for 2012
News 
12/8/2011  25 comments
Design News's pick of the top 12 technologies to watch in 2012, in automation, energy, sensors, communications, LED, and smart grid.
Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks Hit the Road
News 
12/7/2011  14 comments
Building on its successes in garbage trucks and parcel vehicles, hybrid hydraulic technology looks to lighter vehicles such as the Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
Harley Hindered by Lower Belt Guard
Made by Monkeys 
12/7/2011  62 comments
One tiny screw stands between a safe highway ride and disaster.
Top 5 Automotive Trends of 2011
Electronic News & Comment 
12/6/2011  24 comments
In a year when Detroit launched a comeback, the real news in the automotive world came from Washington, D.C.
Slideshow: Best Gadget Freak Projects of 2011
Gadget Freak 
12/5/2011  22 comments
Here's a slideshow with links to our best homebrew engineering projects, drawn from the Design News Gadget Freak section.
Top 5 Materials Trends of 2011
News 
12/5/2011  11 comments
The five most important materials trends of this past year enable volume manufacturing.
Chevy Volt Battery Fires: Experts Say Engineers Managing Risks Properly
News 
12/2/2011  32 comments
Chevy Volts and all the other vehicles that use lithium-ion batteries are safe, because they've been engineered to handle the problems inherent in those chemistries.
Do Engineers Have Appetite for Mobile Apps?
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/2/2011  22 comments
Unlike the consumer market, which is hungry for all things mobile, engineers remain slightly skeptical about the upside of design tool apps running on mobile platforms.
Cadillac CUEs In-Car Entertainment
Electronic News & Comment 
12/1/2011  29 comments
Cadillac's CUE is an important addition to the infotainment scene, but its consumer-driven design process may turn out to be more important than the product.
Murphy & Ohms Lost This One
Sherlock Ohms 
12/1/2011  12 comments
Sometimes a manufacturer's error is just the right error.




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