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Frank Lloyd Wright Tower Opens To The Public

April 22, 2014 11:54 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.   

FDA Plan Would Speed Medical Device Approvals

April 22, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development...

U.S. Navy To Deploy First Electromagnetic Railgun At Sea

April 21, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Navy | News | Comments

EM railgun technology uses an electromagnetic force — known as the Lorenz Force — to rapidly...

NASA's 'Robonaut' Finally Getting Its Space Legs

April 21, 2014 1:28 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

With legs, the 8-foot Robonaut will be able to climb throughout the 260-mile-high outpost,...

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Designing A First Class Airbus Showroom

April 18, 2014 2:57 pm | by Hofmann Innovation | Articles | Comments

As is customary for experienced model builders, the design of the mock-ups needed to be indistinguishable from a series version, in terms of impression, function and feel.               

Mashing-Up Augmented Reality And Cutting-Edge Technology

April 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by Paul Mathai, Applied Research & Business Innovation, Manufacturing & Hi-Tech SBU (Strategic Business Unit), Wipro | Articles | Comments

Doing some crystal-gazing into the future, I see AR leap-frogging into the next level of sophistication. Interestingly the common factor seen is AR being integrated with other cutting edge combination technologies to produce interesting new applications in manufacturing.

3D Printing, Digital Execution & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 8:18 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Blogs | Comments

It's a very exciting time for manufacturing - a manufacturing renaissance, when old ideas of manufacturing being about mass production are no longer true, and 3D printing and other technologies are changing the barriers to entry and economies of scale.

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What Impact Will The Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe. Any decline would hurt the automaker's market share and potentially its credit rating.        

GE Selects Louisville For First ‘Micro-Factory’

April 16, 2014 11:22 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The micro-factory philosophy aims to bring an open platform and co-creation to the appliances market so that the company can create the products that consumers want at an accelerated pace. FirstBuild will utilize the local talent in engineering and advanced manufacturing to build a network of on-site community members.

Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 11:00 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The redesigned 2015 Camry is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.                    

3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 3:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

What’s great about this partnership is that it allows small manufacturers the ability to learn more about 3D printing through demonstration areas.                    

Big Boy Steam Locomotive Coming Back To Life

April 15, 2014 8:38 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.            

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Vacuum Designer Dyson To Take On Dirty Rivers

April 14, 2014 12:50 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The M.V. Recyclone barge, which is still in the concept phase, would use large nets to trap plastic and other garbage floating on a river’s surface. A suction system, borrowing that tech from the household vacuum, would then pull in the waste and shred it.

Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 8:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                

Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 10:00 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year has unveiled a new version of the plane they say can remain in the air indefinitely.               

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

NASA Program Offers Consultation On R&D

April 4, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A federal program is giving companies from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan a chance to get free, confidential research and development insight directly from NASA experts.              

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A Tiny Power Generator That Runs On Spit

April 4, 2014 9:27 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

Saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy sufficient to run on-chip applications, according to an international team of engineers.                        

Scientists Create 3-D Wiring Diagram Of Mouse Brain

April 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have created a detailed, three-dimensional wiring diagram of the mouse brain. That should help researchers seek clues about how the human brain works in health and disease.             

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Defective Chinese Dolls; Toilet Tech

March 28, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Wal-Mart's recall of 174,000 doll from China to reinventing the toilet.                   

Facebook Buys Up Virtual-Reality Designers For $2 Billion

March 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Beyond games, Zuckerberg said virtual reality headsets might someday be used to enjoy a courtside seat at a basketball game, study in a classroom, consult with a doctor face-to-face or shop in a virtual store. The technology also has social applications, he said.

Lockheed Making Parts For New Mini-Shuttle At New Orleans Plant

March 26, 2014 9:20 am | by Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is working in New Orleans on parts for the Dream Chaser, a mini-shuttle designed to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. "It's great to see the lights back on," Jim Crocker, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Co., said Tuesday.

Saving A Life With 3D Printing

March 24, 2014 12:57 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Dr. Glenn Green and Scott Hollister came up with the solution to save a young boy's life: use 3D printing to build small splints that would help keep his trachea open until it was strong enough to do so itself.          

The World’s Biggest Aircraft, Backed By Iron Maiden Singer

March 24, 2014 11:49 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

At 300 feet long, the HAV 304 “Airlander” is the biggest aircraft currently in production — 60 feet longer than a Boeing 747 — and it’s being made by England-based Hybrid Air Vehicles for a cool $100 million.            

Scientists Reinvent The Toilet At Tech Fair

March 24, 2014 8:16 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change?                       

Manufacturing.net Rewind: NASA Makes A Robot For Mars; Tesla Fights With Auto Dealers

March 21, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a NASA robot that is six feet tall and has an 80 inch wing span, to Tesla's latest battle.               

IBM's Watson To Sequence Cancer DNA

March 19, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

IBM and its Watson cloud computing system are partnering with the New York Genome Center to help it sequence DNA for the treatment of brain cancer.                   

NASA Teams Up To Better Understand Supersonic Flight

March 17, 2014 3:15 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Since the Concorde’s final landing at London’s Heathrow Airport nearly a decade ago, commercial supersonic air travel has been as elusive as a piece of lost luggage. However, this hasn’t stopped NASA from continuing the quest to develop solutions that will help get supersonic passenger travel off the ground once more.

The Inevitable Future Of Driverless Cars

March 17, 2014 2:47 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Autonomous driving has long been on the to-do list for car manufacturers, but within the last year consumer interest has spurred inquisition in both the engineering community, as well as the legal arena.              

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