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posted in July 2012
3D Composites Can Make Parts Cheaper
Engineering Materials 
7/31/2012  8 comments
A less expensive method for making aircraft and automotive components uses additive manufacturing techniques and aluminum powders to form metal matrix composites.
Robot Servo Errors Were Only Human
Sherlock Ohms 
7/31/2012  14 comments
Many things can go wrong with the robot welders, but all of those problems come from the humans.
Water Bugs Inspire Oil-Repellent Coating
News 
7/31/2012  13 comments
Taking inspiration from water strider insects that skate between air and water, Chinese researchers have created a metallic device that skates between oil and water, coated with an oil-repelling oxide.
Cars Could Lose Weight With Green Cavity Foam
Engineering Materials 
7/30/2012  18 comments
A renewable version of Dow Automotive Systems' polyurethane cavity sealing Betafoam system will help cars cut weight and noise.
Video: Intelligent Headlights Outsmart Snow & Rain
News 
7/26/2012  45 comments
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown they can direct light between water droplets during snow or rain.
Tin Whiskers Again Cited as Potential Problem for Toyotas
News 
7/25/2012  55 comments
The debate over the role of tin whiskers in Toyota's unintended acceleration case has returned, and government administrators are expected to answer more questions on the subject this week.
Renault Fast Tracks CAD Interoperability
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/25/2012  4 comments
Using Elysium interoperability software, Renault Sport F1 created a supplier portal that automates multi-CAD file exchange, facilitating collaboration across a global supply chain.
The Turn Signal Wouldn’t Turn Off
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2012  9 comments
The turn signal on the RV trailer wouldn't turn off. Something in the wiring was messed up.
Plastics Deliver Massive Weight Savings for UPS
Engineering Materials 
7/20/2012  33 comments
After a year-long pilot program, UPS plans to shift to composites and other plastics for many of the structural components in its brown delivery trucks.
Tesla's CEO: 'Half of Cars Will Be Electric in 15 Years'
Captain Hybrid 
7/19/2012  81 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects half of cars to be electric in 15 years, despite the long odds against it.
Coconut & Fabrics Improve Biocomposites
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2012  9 comments
Researchers in Malaysia have developed a bio-based composite material by substituting coconut fibers for traditional ceramic fibers in biocomposite tiles. The natural fibers improve the strength and stiffness of the composite materials and also reduce their weight.
How Would You Cope With High Gas Prices?
Captain Hybrid 
7/17/2012  95 comments
Imagine if gas prices shot up to $5, $6, or even $7 a gallon. How would you respond? Would you buy a hybrid? An electric car?
Automakers Lay Foundation for Semi-Autonomous Driving
News 
7/16/2012  38 comments
Concerns over distraction in the vehicle may be hastening the auto industry's move toward semi-autonomous driving.
BMW Engine Powered by Aluminum Piston
Engineering Materials 
7/13/2012  15 comments
An aluminum piston built to withstand the heat and strength requirements of very high-power diesel engines will go into the triple-turbo, 93kW/liter engine for the BMW M550d xDrive sedan.
Could Toyota Engineers Have Anticipated Floor Mat Issues?
News 
7/12/2012  81 comments
Another recall of Toyota's vehicles has sparked debate over how far engineers should go in designing for misuse of products.
3D Materials Expand Design Options
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2012  15 comments
New rigid and rubber-like digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D multi-material printing systems offer improved toughness, more shore scale values, and resistance to heat.
Big Battery Means Big Range, Cost for Tesla's Model S
Captain Hybrid 
7/11/2012  39 comments
The recent introduction of Tesla Motors' Model S electric vehicle (EV) raises an important question: How is Tesla able to get a 300-mile range when other EVs are lingering around 100?
EV Battery Design Challenges Tackled by ANSYS CAE
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/10/2012  3 comments
ANSYS is developing new battery CAE models as part of a Department of Defense program to bolster engineering simulation tools for the challenges of EV and hybrid battery development.
Slideshow: Electronics Beef Up Auto Safety
Blog 
7/9/2012  19 comments
From airbags and vision systems to communications and safety cages, we present a few of the latest and greatest advances in auto safety.
Slideshow: Scenes From the Freescale Technology Forum
Blog 
7/3/2012  6 comments
The highlight of the recent Freescale Technology Forum was arguably the Tech Lab, which showcased the company's technology in use in real-world applications.




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