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.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
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