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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.                   

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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.              

NASA Designs A Robot For Mars

March 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

Valkyrie stands more than six feet tall, weighs 286 pounds, and has an 80 inch wingspan. “It feels human-like, you can look her in the eyes,” says Reg Berka, deputy project manager of Valkyrie, the NASA built robot destined for the red planet.  

Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:17 am | by Audrey Mcavoy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                   

Amsterdam Canal House Built With 3-D Printer

March 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Toby Sterling - Associated Press | News | Comments

The goal of the demonstration project launched this month is not so much to print a functioning house — in fact, parts of the house will likely be built and re-built several times over the course of three years as 3-D printing technology develops.

Nissan's Z Car Continues To Lure Driving Enthusiasts

March 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

All 2014 models of 370Z continue with Nissan's squat, strong, exterior appearance that's unlike that on any other car. It reminds some observers of a car body composed of flaps rather than graceful curves.        

Tech Fest Has 3-D Printed Candy, Bitcoins

March 12, 2014 8:52 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Bitcoin, 3-D printed candy and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.             

How Can You Make Planes Easier To Find In The Ocean?

March 12, 2014 8:14 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" that end up in the ocean.                      

California Mulls Driverless Car Regulations

March 11, 2014 11:44 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles is wading into the complex question of how to regulate the use of cars that rely on computers — not people — to drive them.                

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Fancy Toilets; Fiat-Chrysler's Tiny Jeep

March 7, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a high-tech bathroom upgrade to the Jeep that will be made in Italy.                    

ITIF Praises National Network For Manufacturing Innovation In Obama Budget

March 6, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) | News | Comments

The $1 billion appropriation would create a series of 45 advanced manufacturing centers designed to spur research, development and deployment of next generation technologies that will enhance manufacturing competitiveness and job creation in the United States.

3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device as a way for small businesses or product designers to develop full-scale prototypes in their own walls rather than outsource the work elsewhere.    

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