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posted in May 2014
Design a Crankless Engine
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2014  27 comments
Since the invention of the internal-combustion engine, a Slider Crank mechanism has been used to transfer power from the combustion chamber through the piston to the connecting rod to the crankshaft. Over time, many changes have occurred in the combustion chamber to improve power and reduce emissions.
Software Platform Simulates Operation of Hybrids, EVs
Product News 
5/27/2014  6 comments
Two companies have teamed up to create a software platform that simulates the operation of electric cars and hybrids, from the movement of ions in the battery cells to the hum of the electric motors and engines.
Why Automotive Defect Numbers Are Soaring
Electronic News & Comment 
5/22/2014  24 comments
Recent reports of automotive defects and recalls are troubling, but they’re not unusual. They’re certainly not going to go away, no matter how hard engineers try.
One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
News 
5/21/2014  10 comments
General Motors has again added to its already long list of recalls, citing 2.4 million more cars for lap belt, airbag, and transmission problems, as well as 218,000 for a potentially dangerous overheating hazard in the dashboard center stack.
20 Ways to Boost Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 
5/21/2014  45 comments
From turbochargers and electric motors, to motor-generators and air conditioning compressors, we present some of the best fuel-sipping innovations.
BMW Unveils Solar-Energy Harvesting Carport
Blog 
5/21/2014  26 comments
BMW and Solarwatt have unveiled the Solarwatt Carport System, which includes a rooftop and a micro-generation system for households in addition to generating solar energy to charge the vehicles.
Top 10 Influential Female Engineers
Blog 
5/20/2014  50 comments
Engineering is often criticized for being a male-dominated field, but that is definitely changing. There are many enormously successful female engineers that currently have leadership roles in business and research, making decisions that have a broad impact on global markets and people’s lives. Here are 10 of them.
Parts Commonality Can Make for Big Recall Headaches
Electronic News & Comment 
5/20/2014  12 comments
Economies of scale can cut manufacturing and development costs, but engineers who grow too fond of using common parts would do well to consider the recent recall numbers of General Motors.
BASF Reveals More BMWi3 Materials
Engineering Materials 
5/20/2014  9 comments
The BMW i3's carbon fiber composite breakthroughs include contributions from several suppliers. BASF, which already announced its carbon composite rear seat pan, recently said more of its plastics and composites play a role in several parts of the car, some of which are firsts in a production vehicle.
Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
Blog 
5/19/2014  47 comments
Here are the top 15 engineering schools, ranked by the average starting salaries of their graduates. The list also show each school's mid-career average salary.
3D Printing Needs to Open Up
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2014  13 comments
The prototyping-based models 3D printing has used for 30 years must change if the industry is to continue growing and shift to production parts, says a new Lux Research study.
Slideshow: GM Announces Another Giant Recall
News 
5/16/2014  30 comments
General Motors is recalling 2.7 million more vehicles for defects involving tail lamps, headlights, brakes, tie rods, and windshield wipers.
Video: World's Fastest RC Racer
Blog 
5/16/2014  9 comments
Nic Case has beat his own land speed record with the world’s fastest RC car. This time he hit 188 MPH!
Battery Sales Show Tesla Has a Long Way to Go
Captain Hybrid 
5/15/2014  33 comments
If recent sales numbers are any indication, Tesla Motors' goal of 50,000 battery packs a year could be a long way off.
Slideshow: Proto Labs Buys 3D Printing Service Bureau
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2014  18 comments
Not long after 3D printing leader Stratasys bought two service bureaus, rapid prototyping service bureau extraordinaire Proto Labs has embraced the technology by buying a service bureau focused solely on additive manufacturing. Before this acquisition, Proto Labs has concentrated on CNC machining and injection molding.
Would You Pay $30K for an Electric Car?
Captain Hybrid 
5/12/2014  101 comments
Even if automakers cut the cost of the electric vehicle battery and reach the $30,000 target, big sales are hardly a foregone conclusion. There's still no guarantee that large percentages of mainstream buyers will bite.
Wearable Tech Meets the IoT Meets the Cloud
Blog 
5/12/2014  4 comments
A number of tech trends, including the IoT, cloud computing, and wearable technology, are converging as they expand.
Aerospace-Grade Composites Will Repair Themselves
Engineering Materials 
5/12/2014  35 comments
Wouldn't it be cool if fiber-reinforced composites could repair themselves? Engineers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology think they've found a way to do it.
15 Cars That Like Visiting the Mechanic
Electronic News & Comment 
5/9/2014  52 comments
For most car owners, the most desirable feature isn’t torque, horsepower, or connectivity. It’s reliability.
Lithium Chemistries Head List of Next-Gen EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
5/9/2014  4 comments
New battery chemistries will reach the electric-car market over the next decade, but to be successful the new generation of products will need to have drop-in manufacturing capability.
Shrimp Club Inspires Stronger Aerospace Composite
Engineering Materials 
5/9/2014  6 comments
The carbon-fiber-reinforced composite is both stronger and resists impact better than similar materials typically used in aircraft.
10 Epic Flaws in Product Design Revealed
Blog 
5/8/2014  88 comments
You can’t please every consumer 100% of the time, and that is certainly the case when it comes to product design. No matter how carefully something is developed or packaged, and no matter how many times its designers test and retest it, there is often some flawed design element in the product that only rears its ugly head with prolonged consumer use.
Can Tesla's $5 Billion Bet Pay Off?
Captain Hybrid 
5/7/2014  37 comments
Whether or not the much-publicized “Gigafactory” is successful, Elon Musk’s grand vision of a gargantuan battery plant may turn out to be one of the most ambitious manufacturing efforts in American business history.
No Matter Your Expertise, You Belong on the Vehicle Design
Blog 
5/7/2014  6 comments
Design News recently published a Technology Roundup, which consists of a series of articles that help that multi-disciplined engineers get their jobs done. Regardless of which subsystem you’re responsible for, we all know that there’s a “need to know” on just about the entire vehicle. Hence, you’ll likely find this series of articles quite informative.
Chip Could Bring Surround View to Mainstream Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
5/6/2014  11 comments
Freescale Semiconductor and Broadcom Corp. have partnered to create a chip that could lay the foundation for surround-view cameras in more vehicles.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
Features 
5/6/2014  3 comments
We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
21 Cars That Drove Into Movie History
Electronic News & Comment 
5/5/2014  34 comments
In some movies, the cars are the stars. American Graffiti and Fast and Furious, to name a couple, drew much of their audience appeal from their use of noisy internal combustion engines. But cars needn’t be racy to play prominent roles.




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