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posted in December 2013
Slideshow: 3D Printing Shifts to End-Production Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/31/2013  14 comments
EOS is taking steps to establish additive manufacturing as an efficient process in industrial production. The shift comes as interest grows in several vertical industries to integrate AM technologies and processes into existing manufacturing flows.
GM Distributor Cap Sets Off Misfire Code
Sherlock Ohms 
12/23/2013  14 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.
Siemens Googles Into Ford Plants
Blog 
12/20/2013  18 comments
Siemens has developed software that allows Ford to view its plants in 3D software.
ATX West: Major Manufacturing Show Comes to Anaheim in February
Blog 
12/19/2013  9 comments
ATX West will display manufacturing tech in Anaheim February 11 through 13.
Biodegradable Plastic Can't Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
12/19/2013  26 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Fuel Cells Inch Forward
Automotive News 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Hydrogen fuel cells aren’t positioned to solve the world’s energy needs, but they are enjoying a revival of sorts.
Slideshow: Toyota Moves Closer to Fuel Cell Production Car
Automotive News 
12/17/2013  39 comments
The auto industry’s fuel cell mini-trend gained a bit more momentum recently, as Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a close approximation of the hydrogen-powered car it plans to market in 2015.
Slideshow: 3D Printed ABS & Nylon 12 Get Stronger, Tougher
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2013  2 comments
Stratasys has introduced two 3D printing materials stronger than their predecessors: the second generation of digital ABS for Objet Connex multimaterial 3D printers and FDM Nylon 12, which is designed for the company's Fortus 3D Production Systems.
3 Ways Tactile Sensing Can Drive Improvements in the Auto Industry
Guest Blogs 
12/16/2013  4 comments
Explore three real-world applications that demonstrate how capacitive tactile sensor technology can accelerate advances in automotive testing and safety.
Slideshow: Honda Plans Fuel Cell Vehicle for 2015
Automotive News 
12/13/2013  32 comments
Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
Slideshow: Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai to Hit Showrooms in February
Automotive News 
12/12/2013  37 comments
Hyundai Motor Co. has launched production of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered crossover vehicle, with the intent of building and leasing 1,000 of them by the end of 2015.
Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2013  1 comment
New materials handling guidelines from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health give recommended engineering controls for nanoscale materials, which just keep proliferating.
Toolkit Brings Hardware-in-the-Loop Test to Hybrid Cars
Product News 
12/10/2013  5 comments
Hybrid vehicle engineers may now have a way to do hardware-in-the-loop simulation testing, instead of physical dynamometer testing, on the electric motors that propel their cars.
Slideshow: Nissan's BladeGlider EV Aims for Efficiency, Performance
Automotive News 
12/9/2013  25 comments
Nissan Motor Co. is taking the electric vehicle into new territory, rolling out an exotic-looking three-seat concept car that combines sustainability with race car-like performance.
Hackers Love Windows XP
Blog 
12/6/2013  45 comments
Microsoft will quit supporting – and patching – Windows XP in April. This may be a cruel development for plants.
Managing Mechatronics Design Complexity With PLM
Features 
12/6/2013  5 comments
Improving product quality requires an integrated product lifecycle management approach that combines mechanical, electronics, software, and simulation data into a single collaborative environment.
New EV Battery Chemistry Boosts Range, Life
News 
12/5/2013  33 comments
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Looking Ahead to the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2013  2 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 
12/4/2013  3 comments
SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.




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