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Content tagged with Automotive
posted in August 2013
Good Robot Gets All the Blame
Sherlock Ohms 
8/30/2013  30 comments
You can't blame the robot if the parts it receives are misfed.
Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
News 
8/30/2013  65 comments
If you’re driving a 10-year-old car, don’t feel bad. It turns out that your 10-year-old vehicle is actually younger than more than half the cars on the road today.
More Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/30/2013  38 comments
We discuss more major developments in the 3D printing industry, and focus on what's happening in materials.
Materials Spotlighted at Design & Manufacturing Show
Engineering Materials 
8/29/2013  3 comments
The choices of metals, plastics, coatings, and adhesives has never been broader, and new ones are becoming available at a rapid rate. Some of this variety is reflected at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show.
3D Printing With Iron & Tungsten
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2013  7 comments
The range of metals that can be 3D printed is increasing. ExOne has added iron infiltrated with bronze, and bonded tungsten, to the range of metal and ceramic powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex machines.
Bearing Application Solution for Magnetic Clutch Failures
Blog 
8/26/2013  Post a comment
We recently asked Richard Spore, a bearing applications engineer for C&U Americas, to define the solution for a problem faced by one of his customers.
Slideshow: Robots Get More Thin-Skinned
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2013  23 comments
Robots may be getting more sensitive, due to a breakthrough by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. An electronic skin made of a sensor network mounted on a substrate of flexible plastic reacts to touch by lighting up.
Design & Manufacturing Show Features Multiple Assembly Technologies
News 
8/20/2013  4 comments
A wide variety of assembly technologies will be on display at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest Show in Chicago, September 10-12. These include fastening and joining systems, adhesives, and enclosures, as well as related components and systems.
What if You Couldn’t Parallel Park Your Car?
Guest Blogs 
8/19/2013  29 comments
Cars now do this automatically, but should you know how?
Motion Controller Helps Improve Automotive Testing
Features 
8/19/2013  6 comments
When testing automotive components, this motion controller will increase flexibility and reduce costs.
'Variable Swirl' Sparks Diesel's American Return
News 
8/15/2013  17 comments
General Motors is bringing diesel technology back to an American-made compact car by using an air intake technique called “variable swirl.”
Researchers Develop Thin Solar Film for Mobile Devices, Windows
Blog 
8/15/2013  41 comments
The day when your smartphone screen is also a mini solar panel may not be far off, thanks to new two-layer see-through solar film developed by UCLA researchers.
US Navy Resin Will Make Composites Stronger, Flame-Resistant & Cheaper to Process
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2013  14 comments
A new high-performance, PEEK-like phthalonitrile resin developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory is resistant to high temperatures, flammability, and impacts. It can be processed using standard methods like resin infusion molding and resin transfer molding.
Slideshow: Ford's Self-Driving Test Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
8/9/2013  26 comments
Driving 15mph over a curb 30 times a day can be tough on drivers performing vehicle durability tests. Ford had a better idea: Let the vehicles drive themselves.
Toyota’s Catastrophe of Cool Features
Made by Monkeys 
8/9/2013  27 comments
The Toyota had some cool features, but they were ultimately a disaster.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here
Blog 
8/8/2013  28 comments
The fourth industrial revolution began a few short years ago, according to a keynote address by Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, during NIWeek in Austin, Texas.
MIT 3D Prints Tough, Bone-Like Composite
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2013  6 comments
A team at MIT has 3D-printed bone-like composite materials on the Objet Connex500 multi-material printer. One was more than 20 times as tough as its constituent materials alone.
GM Chops $5,000 From Chevy Volt Price
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2013  24 comments
In an attempt to find the economic sweet spot for electrified vehicles, General Motors announced this week it would cut $5,000 from the price of the Chevy Volt.
Ford to Roll With Natural Gas for F-150 Pickup
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2013  4 comments
Ford Motor Co. will bring compressed natural gas a tiny bit closer to the masses by rolling out a bi-fuel version of the F-150 pickup in 2014.
The Failed Fuse Fooled Me
Sherlock Ohms 
8/7/2013  22 comments
When checking the truck's wiring system for a faulty brake light, the first guess turned out to be correct -- after trying everything else.
Seismic Shifts in the 3D Printing Industry
Engineering Materials 
8/6/2013  11 comments
Some major developments are happening in the 3D printing industry and more are on the horizon.
UL Targets Lithium-Ion Battery Fires
Electronic News & Comment 
8/5/2013  27 comments
Inspired by recent overheating incidents, Underwriters Laboratories has developed a new testing methodology, along with guidelines and standards aimed at making lithium-ion battery applications safer.
Is Range Anxiety Real?
Captain Hybrid 
8/2/2013  113 comments
Range anxiety applies to exceptional needs, not average ones.
Slideshow: 3D Systems Gets Metal, Ceramic Processes
News 
8/2/2013  10 comments
Phenix Systems, which makes proprietary equipment for direct laser sintering of production end products with metal and ceramic materials for the aerospace, military, and healthcare industries, has sold itself to 3D Systems.
The Troublesome Toyota Minivan
Made by Monkeys 
8/2/2013  45 comments
The new Toyota minivan came with new dash controls. Unfortunately, they're harder to use than the old ones.
Slideshow: High-Voltage Hybrids & EVs
Captain Hybrid 
8/1/2013  16 comments
The venerable 12V electrical system is slowly being supplanted by higher-voltage architectures, especially in hybrids and electric cars.




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