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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.                    

Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the...

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...

Milan Furniture Show: Invention Loves Collaboration

April 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events yield the promise...

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Patrolling The Patent Trolls

April 4, 2014 3:16 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

If you ask someone at Apple Computer, which is named as the defendant in more cases filed by patent trolls than any other U. S. firm, Apple will probably tell you that a patent troll is a person or organization that acquires a patent solely for the purpose of suing a deep-pocketed firm such as Apple.

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.                        

Hasbro Picks 5 'House Rules' For New Monopoly Game

April 4, 2014 8:16 am | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people weighed in on "house rules" over 10 days of recent debate and a year after Hasbro Inc. added a cat token and retired the iron in a similar online stunt aimed at keeping the 79-year-old game fresh.       

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Maple Syrup Makers Go High-Tech

April 1, 2014 8:07 am | by Holly Ramer and Lisa Rathke, Associated Press | News | Comments

The data is transmitted to a computer or smartphone, where it shows up as a map with green dots indicating lines with good sap flow and red dots indicating leaks. Users can even get text messages alerting them to problems.        

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.            

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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?                       

Cheerios Still Waiting On Sales Lift From GMO Switch

March 20, 2014 10:43 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Plain old Cheerios are no longer made with genetically modified ingredients, but the switch hasn't yet translated to a boost in sales.                     

This Is What A Billion Dollar Brand Looks Like

March 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.               

Google Redesigns Android For Smartwatches

March 19, 2014 7:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The "Android Wear" operating system released Tuesday is an altered version of Google's popular software that powers more than 1 billion of the world's smartphones and tablets.              

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.

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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.

Makers Of World's Cheapest Tablet Aim For $20 Device

March 12, 2014 2:05 pm | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Tuli says the company can sell the tablets so inexpensively because of the scale of its production runs and the fact that it makes its own screens, which helps boost profit margins.               

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.    

Eight Myths That Keep Manufacturers From Claiming the R&D Tax Credit

March 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup | Articles | Comments

At nearly $10 billion a year, the R&D tax credit is one of the biggest incentives available and can save manufacturing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars — yet only one out of twenty small- and medium-sized companies eligible for this credit takes advantage of it. Why, you ask?

High-Tech Toilet Seats Don't Require Hands Or Paper

March 4, 2014 9:39 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new generation of toilets may one day make toilet paper seem like chamber pots and outhouses.                          

Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers

March 3, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

Dr. Michael Heggeness is working on a $1.6 million research product — a "bone putty" — that could be a viable alternative to typical treatment options for combat-related trauma issues.                 

Manufacturer Rebranding: 7 Keys For Success

March 3, 2014 8:30 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity | Articles | Comments

There is simply no rebranding effort where the stakes are not extraordinarily high and the margin for error is slim at best.                      

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