It’s not often you read about engineers in the financial pages, but that’s exactly what happened yesterday when the Wall Street Journal posted a story that a leading engineer named Mike Donoughe left the company, possibly over frustrations in efforts to redesign mid-size cars. Donoughe headed ”Project D” , which is described as a crash program to replace the Sebring. Various bloggers claim that Donoughe was upset over the pace and direction of the project. Chrysler’s PR staff says there was no friction. Taking over Project D is Mark M. Chernoby, VP of core components, processes, and international engineering. Donoughe had been with Chrysler for more than 24 years.
How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk by Proto Labs' Rich Baker at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis.
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
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