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Open-Source Could Be A New Avenue For Manufacturers

July 23, 2014 2:11 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you heard about the open-source revolution? Like 3D printing, it only recently made its way into the mainstream, but like the additive manufacturing machines, it has been around for a while. Open-source technology (hardware, firmware, software) has been the spur of ...

Large Scale Graphene Production

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Videos | Comments

Draw a line with a pencil and it's likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material...

Delaware Expanding Research Tax Credit

July 16, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Small business owners in Delaware are eligible for an expanded tax credit with the signing of a...

What Would You Print?

July 15, 2014 2:40 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have all come to the understanding that as 3D printing is becoming more prevalent in the...

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Another Michigan City In Trouble; Boeing Checks Plane Parts

July 11, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the financial struggles of the birthplace of GM to a train accident that damaged six Boeing commercial airplane bodies.               

A Close Shave With American Manufacturing

July 2, 2014 11:30 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

800razors.com founder Phil Masiello sounds a little resentful of the overriding skepticism that dominates the current political landscape, saying, “People tell us all the time that they cannot believe that we are truly a Made in America product, and they can’t believe that we’re doing it economically.”

Google To Show Off Smart Home Gadgets

June 25, 2014 8:12 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco.             

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MakerBot, TechShop Join GE's Collaborative Innovation Strategy

June 23, 2014 12:49 pm | by Microfactory, Inc. | News | Comments

Building on the partnership with Local Motors announced earlier this year, the new partnerships with MakerBot and TechShop will enhance GE’s collaboration with engineers and makers.                     

Report: Apple Smartwatch Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.                

New Tests For Helmets Proposed In Concussion Fight

June 20, 2014 8:33 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

There is no concussion-proof football helmet, but manufacturers may soon have to meet new testing standards against certain concussion-causing forces — a step in the quest for more protection.          

Lego Introducing Mixed Digital-Physical Blocks

June 19, 2014 1:26 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On the heels of success with "The Lego Movie," the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games.       

Bezos: Amazon Phone Offers 'Something Different'

June 19, 2014 7:43 am | by Ryan Nakashima and Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on Wednesday: It's either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy new features that some people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics.      

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Patent Infringement: How To Avoid A Nightmare

June 18, 2014 3:55 pm | by William H. Honaker, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC | Articles | Comments

During my thirty years of specializing in patent law, I have seen many product launches unfold like a thunderstorm rolling over an outdoor party.                   

Obama Says He Will Build Up Manufacturing

June 18, 2014 8:06 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Surrounded by an array of gadgets and high tech equipment, Obama pledged to boost American manufacturing and to give entrepreneurs greater access to production tools that would help bring their ideas to fruition.         

Amazon About To Jump Into Smartphones

June 18, 2014 7:46 am | by Mae Anderson and Ryan Nakashima, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The corporate juggernaut is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.          

Rugged Computers Are More Than Just ‘Hard Shells’

June 17, 2014 11:31 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group | Articles | Comments

Even professional users of rugged laptops, tablets and smartphones, are sometimes unsure of what defines a “rugged computer” and how the various tests to validate ruggedness are carried out. A truly rugged computer is so much more than just a normal computer wrapped in a tough outer case.

Cummins Building New Indiana Tech Center

June 17, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. is about to start construction on a new technical and office center in southern Indiana.                       

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Grant To Expand Additive Manufacturing Research At Cleveland State

June 13, 2014 2:33 pm | by Cleveland State University | News | Comments

The $293,500 award will fund the purchase of electronic and polymer 3-D printers, to be housed within the college’s Additive Manufacturing Instructional and Training Laboratory.                     

Report: 3D Printing Makes Headway Into Heart Of U.S. Manufacturing

June 11, 2014 9:51 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

The report revealed that two-thirds (67 percent) of manufacturers surveyed are currently implementing 3DP either by experimenting with the technology or by already using it for prototypes or final products.            

GE Breaks Ground On $400 Million Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Greenville Area Development Corporation | News | Comments

This first-of-its-kind facility in Greenville, South Carolina, will serve as an incubator for innovative advanced manufacturing process development and rapid prototyping.                     

5 Trends Expected At E3

June 9, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing.                  

Samsung, Barnes & Noble To Make Nook Tablets

June 5, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

The device will be a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with Nook's digital reading software already on it. The tablet will be available at Barnes & Noble's 700 U.S. stores in early August. A price for the device will be announced then.    

Fiat Adds Lower-Priced Maserati To Lineup

June 4, 2014 1:16 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new four door called the Ghibli has Italian flair, a Ferrari engine and a lower price tag than Maserati's other models that are all priced above $100,000.                  

Players Helped Develop World Cup Ball

June 4, 2014 12:09 pm | by Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

German manufacturer Adidas says the "Brazuca" was tested by more than 600 of the world's top players, and 30 teams in 10 countries over two and a half years.                  

Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 7:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The new tools for tracking health and controlling household appliances are part of updated operating systems that Apple unveiled Monday in San Francisco at its 25th annual conference for application developers.               

Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 8:29 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is pushing for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key parts such as the wristband.                  

LG Emphasizes Simplicity In New Smartphone

May 27, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

The new G3 phone stands out in having a high-resolution display that has 538 pixels per inch. Other leading phones are in the 300-pixel range, with a handful reaching the 400s. The G3's display measures 5.5 inches diagonally.     

Hasbro Exec Who Helped Create G.I. Joe Dies

May 27, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Donald Levine, the Hasbro executive credited as the father of G.I. Joe for developing the world's first action figure, has died. He was 86.                    

Sweets Makers Try To Keep Names Off E-Cigarettes

May 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.              

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