Design News has editors advocating for and against a bailout to
domestic automakers. Editor-in-chief John Dodge argues for a bailout
while Materials Editor Doug Smock is urging lawmakers to say NO. Check
out the coverage below, and weigh in with your thoughts and comments.
Obama Should Tell Detroit's CEOs: No The auto lobby is pushing hard
for a federal bail out right now. As much as I support American
manufacturing, I think a federal bail out for GM, Ford and Chrysler
would be a tragic mistake...
GM, Ford and Chrysler Should get Bailed Out
This is National Dump on American Automakers Week. Cash-less GM, the poster child for industrial vision-less-ness, is
bearing the brunt of the finger-pointing and accusations. So I thought
it might be interesting to look just how innovative GM is and relate it
to the bailout...
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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