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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...

Unilever To Use Less Plastic Per Bottle

April 22, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the...

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...

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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, performing mundane cleaning chores and fetching things for the human crew.                           

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.

3 Lessons Learned From The Trenches

April 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

We got so swept away with the romance of designing products that we never had the hard conversations about managing money, decision-making, roles and responsibilities, and growth.                 

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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.

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.                    

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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 corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.               

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.

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 of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture.

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.                        

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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.       

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.            

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.

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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