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Lionhead 3D Printer Creator Shares Biggest Fears

October 2, 2013 4:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Videos

In this exclusive interview with the creator of the Lionhead 3D printer, IMPO's sister magazine PD&D is on-site to learn more about the design process, and the biggest fears of bringing a new product to market.      

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Inside The Vertu Luxury Smartphone Factory

October 2, 2013 4:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Vertu is polishing up its newest product and getting ready to unveil its more affordable smartphone known as Constellation, though the company is not known for its affordability. Each Vertu smartphone is all assembled by a single person and the finished product can run thousands of dollars. 

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How To Print A 1927 Miller 91 Racecar In 6 Weeks

October 2, 2013 3:56 pm | by Cideas | Videos

Put together a car guy and a great designer, and you get a 3D CAD design for a 1927 racecar. Cideas has 3D-printed a 1927 Miller 91 model car using all four major 3D printing processes (FDM, Polyjet, SLS, and SLA) in just six weeks. The car is a 40 percent scale model and was created with 100 percent 3D-printed parts.

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Inside Alcoa's Largest U.S. Factory

October 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

If you've ever flown internationally, there's a good chance the wings, and large parts of the body on the plane, originated in Alcoa's massive 135 acre factory in Davenport, Iowa. Alcoa rolls out huge sheets of aluminum for Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 wings using the largest hot roller in the world. 

Subaru's Crash Avoidance Tech Ranks First

October 1, 2013 1:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the results of its first crash avoidance test for several car models. Both the Subaru Outback and Legacy received the highest ratings, while the Infiniti JX performed poorly.       

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Shutdown And Debt Ceiling Loom Large

September 30, 2013 1:49 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The sequester and forced budget cuts have been squeezing budgets and sending home federal workers all year. Now, October is a key month as the federal government has been unable to pass a budget or raise the debt ceiling. The consequences of failing to do either could be damaging to the economy. 

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How MakerBot's 3D Scanner Works

September 27, 2013 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

It sits on your desktop and makes 3D models for you. 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has created a $1400 digitizer that can scan objects in 3D. Set an object on the turntable, watch the laser and camera go to work, and then sent the scan to the 3D printer.

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Car Gadgets Turn Dashboards Into Computers

September 26, 2013 1:18 pm | by NBC News | Videos

New technology is making the driver's seat look more like an office chair, making the dashboard into your computer. Car companies say these improvements are helping them stay competitive, but others think this auto technology is just a built-in distraction for drivers.

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A Pick-Up That Cost $6M To Build

September 25, 2013 4:32 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

This Ford F750 World Cruiser pick-up truck, with its full living room, kitchen, bathroom, and enough beds for 6, was built by Dunkel Industries and cost $6 million to build. It also has 4 tons of cargo capacity, perfect for the driver who wants it all.

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Customizable Robot: Intel Makes Science Fiction A Reality

September 25, 2013 4:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Intel has created a robot that can be customized to the individual owner's needs that will cost well under $1,000. Intel futurist Brian David Johnson joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss this remarkable scientific achievement.     

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IMTSTV Investigates Smartforce

September 25, 2013 4:00 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos

Careers in manufacturing offer an unparalleled opportunity to work in an innovative environment with some of the world’s most advanced technology. But beyond that, these high-tech jobs offer good pay and a solid path to growth that’s hard to beat. However, the manufacturing industry is having a hard time finding the skilled workers it needs.

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Why Steve Jobs Still Matters

September 25, 2013 3:56 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

It's been almost two years since Apple's Steve Jobs has passed away, but the legacy encouraging others to 'think different' that he left behind will always remain. Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson says the late CEO left a lasting legacy of innovation at Apple. 

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Moving In Droves To Texas

September 25, 2013 12:29 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Residents of Midland, Texas enjoy the second highest personal incomes in the United States, thanks to a booming oil and gas industry. Unemployment in Midland is less than half the national average at 3.5 percent. If people in Midland don't have a job, it's because they don't want to work, say the residents.

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How BlackBerry Fell So Fast

September 24, 2013 1:05 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

BlackBerry has agreed to sell itself for $4.7 billion to a group led by largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. BlackBerry said Monday that a letter of intent has been signed and its shareholders will receive $9 in cash for each share. But while the smartphone maker has agreed to a takeover bid, its struggles are far from over.

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Japan Isn't Trading Its Way Up

September 23, 2013 12:14 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos

The latest figures show Japan's exports climbing - so what's got the country's manufacturers feeling worse? Reuters' Yonggi Kang reports on the darker side of the country's trade picture and what exactly it takes to keep Japan's companies happy.

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NASA Using 3D Printing To Keep Costs Down

September 20, 2013 1:40 pm | by CBS News | Videos

3D printing is going further and further every day, and perhaps soon, to a galaxy far, far away. NASA is using 3D printing technology to build complicated rocket components faster and cheaper. NASA is currently testing a rocket engine, it's thruster produced by a 3D printer.

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Driverless Shuttles Seen As Public Transport Alternative

September 19, 2013 1:52 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

A collaboration between French company Induct and a Singapore university aims to replace conventional shuttle buses with a driverless, electric alternative. The team are currently testing the vehicle on a two kilometer test route virtually devoid of other traffic, but hope eventually to increase its range.

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Terra Motors Looks To Restart Japan's Entrepreneurial Engine

September 18, 2013 2:29 pm | by Japan, entrepreneur, start-up, renaissance, CEO, Terra, motorcycle, electric | Videos

Japan was one a country of innovative entrepreneurs who turned 'made in Japan' into a synonym of quality and advanced technology. The CEO of Japan's leading electric motorcycle maker speaks to Reuters' Yonggi Kang about its international expansion drive, and why the country's start-up culture may be poised for a renaissance.

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Is This Tech CEO The Steve Jobs Of China?

September 18, 2013 2:25 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Lei Jun might not be a household name outside of China, but he has turned his company into one of China's most watched brands. Xiaomi founder Lei Jun is running an innovative technology giant in China, but he's quick to point out the differences from Apple. 

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Volvo Trucks - The Hamster Stunt

September 18, 2013 2:21 pm | by VolvoTrucks | Videos

Can a hamster drive a 15-ton truck? Watch cute little Charlie steer a brand new Volvo FMX in a rough quarry. Will he make it to the top? This is a daring test of the latest steering system. One that's so easy to handle you can steer a heavy truck with your fingertips. 

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