Design engineers may not drive racecars for a living, but many like their cars to have some zip. Here's a look at how some famously fast cars fared in the most recent Design Newsautomotive survey. Design Newsreaders were asked to name their dream vehicle—without any concern for price or practicality. Forget about a real Ferrari in the driveway, though. The most popular car driven by survey respondents is the Ford Taurus.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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