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5 Problems With 3D Printing & How To Fix Them

March 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk

Designers need to solve problems with new solutions, less effort, more results, greater expression, increased reliably and confidence, and good quality.

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Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 27, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have something in common: many issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. 

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Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided on Fracking

March 27, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Steel Industry Gathers Before Congress

March 26, 2015 4:32 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Steel Industry leaders gathered to address Congress yesterday, voicing their concerns about domestic steel procedures, trade policies and plant closures. 

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Picture of the Day: Toyota's New Beginning

March 26, 2015 3:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Toyota is putting the past and their sweeping recalls behind them — according to the company it is time to move forward.

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Union Vote Set Next Month at Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press

About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

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Survey: Many in Plastics Industry Call for Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs, according to a recent poll.

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press

The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production.

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Photo of the Day: Tesla's Appearance at Automate 2015

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Now that Automate and ProMat 2015 have come to a close, we thought we would share some quick takeaways from the shows. Unfortunately, Tesla did not set up a booth at Automate this year, but that didn’t mean that they didn’t have a presence at the show. 

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Republicans Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

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Toyota Outlines Growth Architecture After Lull From Recalls

March 26, 2015 9:21 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up its growth again, emerging from an intentional soul-searching lull brought on by its massive global recall scandal that began in 2009.

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U.S. Steel to Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

United States Steel Corp. announced it would temporarily idle a plant near St. Louis and issue layoff notices to its 2,080 workers.

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 25, 2015 3:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially increase the global hydrogen market in the near future.

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by GE Reports

Over the next five years the industry expects rapid adoption of collaborative robots in most major manufacturing markets. The adoption may be slow at first, as this is a new technology for many manufacturers and requires a new way of thinking about robots.

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Liquid Printer Turns 3D Manufacturing Upside Down

March 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group

The debut technology is a printer that uses their Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology, which builds material upward in a continuous stream.

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HJ Heinz Buying Kraft, Building a $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 1:50 pm | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press

H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, crating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion. 

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