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3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 22, 2013 10:18 am | by NBC News | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer. They tried to make the vehicle as small as possible, and as low to the ground as they could, for an aerodynamic advantage. Its electric powertrain can be recharged in about six hours from a regular wall socket.

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Buy Street-legal Cars From Sci-fi Flicks

September 11, 2013 10:02 am | by CNNMoney | Comments

Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker took their love for sci-fi and comic books and started Parker Brothers Concepts, where they manufacture outrageous, street-legal vehicles for Hollywood and TV shows. Once they started to get famous for their strange-but-functional vehicles, they went from a one-car garage to a 15,000 square-foot production facility in the span of two years.

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Gary, Ind. Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 28, 2013 9:56 am | by NBC News | Comments

The mayor of a rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing Gary, Ind. Once a major steel center, the city's population has dropped by half, and some of its neighborhoods are riddle with crime. Karen Freeman-Wilson, the city's current mayor, has a positive outlook on the future of her city.

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The Million American Jobs Project

August 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Million American Jobs Project | Comments

Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys US-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave.

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Body Glove: Perfecting The Wetsuit

August 14, 2013 10:02 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell created the first practical wetsuit out of neoprene. But finding the perfect material meant a lot of trial and error — including with old Pontiac parts. And building the business itself, while staying aware of all the broader trends in fashion and materials technology, is almost another matter altogether.

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A Look Inside Ford's Simulated Factory

August 7, 2013 10:57 am | by Ford Motor Co. | Comments

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the United States and hire 1,400 new employees.

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Addressing Market Disruptions: B2B Game Plan Forum

July 26, 2013 9:28 am | Comments

Game Plan is the only e-commerce Forum for the B2B market of Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors. Brian Walker, Senior Vice President of Strategy at hybris, shares his thoughts on the importance of a B2B forum such as Game Plan. This is a place where B2B thought leaders can come together and discuss what is happening in the current market.

The Making Of A Steinway

July 22, 2013 2:38 pm | Comments

Renouned piano-maker Steinway & Sons has released this fascinating video that details the manufacturing process behind a Steinway piano. Based on the amount of personal care and work that goes into every finished piece, there's certainly a sense of artistry that goes into each.

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Universal Robots Brings Manufacturing Back To U.S.

July 2, 2013 4:04 pm | by Universal Robots | Comments

To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.

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M.Net Newswire 2 — The Gray Area Of 3D-Printed Guns

May 21, 2013 10:24 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

In this episode of M.net’s Manufacturing Newswire, remaking American security, Amazon eyes the smartphone market, and a blow to the nation’s labor unions. We’ll also updated you on Window’s Blue, take a brief look at the uncertainty in U.S. manufacturing, and the liability surrounding 3-D printed guns.

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How Virtualization Could Save You Big

May 16, 2013 11:54 am | Comments

While the benefits of server virtualization at the corporate data center are receiving a great deal of attention, its ability to address lifecycle management issues may make virtualization even more compelling at the manufacturing plant, since implementing virtualization in manufacturing environments moves the technology into the business- and mission-critical realm. But do manufacturers fully grasp the risk versus reward?

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Kickstarter of the Week: 128 Miles Per Gallon

May 14, 2013 11:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on PD&D's Kickstarter of the Week, we're exploring the northern reaches of Wisconsin on a gas-powered, DC Lowrider bicycle from Sunny Hill Cycles. The bike features a custom-machined manifold that helps it fit into the frame of the bike, 120-spoke wheels, and pedals that let anyone with a driver's license putter it around on the street.

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Engineering Newswire 37: Boeing Makes Hypersonic History

May 9, 2013 2:45 pm | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Pivot Point, the leading designer and manufacturer of non-threaded fastener solutions, we’re improving Artificial Intelligence with sensors, flying robotic bees, making hypersonic history, and getting ready to launch GOES-R.

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Manufacturing Newswire — Training The Next Generation

May 7, 2013 2:31 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

In this episode of M.net’s Manufacturing Newswire, a lab to train the next generation of manufacturing engineers and designers, the answer to those flickering florescent tube lights, and delayed food safety reforms. We’ll also look at a brief look at the future of localized manufacturing, the latest manufacturing numbers, Microsoft’s plans for the future of Windows and unveil the airplane of the future.

Engineering Newswire 36: Electric Car Charge Time Cut in Half

May 2, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re bending cellphones, electrifying motorcycles, cutting electric vehicle charge time in half, and riding a screw-propelled snowboard.

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Engineering Newswire 34: Designing A Demonic Child

April 23, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re writing with fire, practicing with the Webb telescope, looking back fondly at the Shake n Bake, and writing emails with a guitar.

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A 90-Year-Old Grandmother Takes VR For A Spin

April 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by Paul Rivot | Comments

A video game developer by the name of Paul Rivot has uploaded a video of his 90-year-old grandmother using the Oculus Rift, an in-development virtual reality (VR) headset, for a spin. While the system has proven to be a trip even for video game and technology enthusiasts, the charm of Rivot's grandmother shows just how compelling this product could be.

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Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 11:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, PD&D | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. Plus, at mere 50cm tall, this bike-pedaling biped is packed with high performance electronic components including ultrasonic, shock and gyro sensors, Bluetooth modules, and DC-DC converters.

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Secrets From The Potato Chip Factory

April 10, 2013 12:31 pm | Comments

NPR has recently released this pretty compelling video from the plant floor of Herr's, which makes potato chips on a massive scale today. While the plant, based in Nottingham, Pa., used to process just a few potatoes per hour, and most of the labor was manual. Today, they churn through a few tons of spuds an hour.

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Manufacturing Makes America Strong

April 9, 2013 1:23 pm | by National Association of Manfuacturers | Comments

Manufacturing makes America strong. It makes families and communities strong. It provides national security. It gives us energy security. And for the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing, it gives us pride. Caterpillar, Inc. CEO & NAM Board Chairman Doug Oberhelman tells the story of manufacturing in America and the history of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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