One sign of the slowly improving economy is an increase in automotive engineering innovation. The 2010 Innovation Awards Program sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) received 62 nominations, the most in recent years.
The entries included a range of fascinating technologies, including several game-changing designs focusing on plastics-enabled assembly that consolidates parts, improves quality, reduces use of fasteners and cuts tooling requirements. Entries came from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Kia Motors, PSA Citroen, BMW, Hyundai Motors, Ferrari, and Subaru.
Conspicuously absent from the Blue Ribbon judging held today at the Ticona Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI, were entries covering new technologies for the battery-powered Chevy Volt. GM decided to withhold technical data on the Volt until its public unveiling, which begins this week with introduction to the auto press.
The results of the judging will be made public at a gala awards ceremony Nov. 9 In Livonia, MI.
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is