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Mercedes-Benz Introduces the Car of the Future

January 6, 2015 2:12 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

According to Dieter Zetsche, chief executive officer of Daimler AG, the search for the car of the future is over and Mercedes-Benz has made it.                               

Hands-On With the Coolest Drones Invading CES

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Consumer drone companies are looking to keep drone fever alive at CES 2015. At the show this year, several companies are showing off new drones with features that should make them smaller, cheaper and expand the possibilities of what a consumer drone can do. 

NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft Technology

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

At NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, engineers have been working to develop an inflatable heat shield to help devise a way to one day land astronauts on Mars.                       

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Hasbro To Replace Phallic Play-Doh Toy

January 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hasbro is doing damage control over a  penis-shaped plastic cylinder extruder tool included with its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy.                                 

Technology Could Have Tracked Missing AirAsia Flight

December 30, 2014 12:58 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

How could another commercial jet disappear? The technology needed to track it already exists, but it wasn't onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Here's what's stopping airlines from adopting a live-streaming black box.           

Wind Tree Uses Micro-Turbine Leaves to Generate Electricity

December 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A French start-up says its Wind Tree is ideal for urban environments, harnessing the most gentle of winds to produce power through its micro-turbine leaves.                           

Tesla Upgrades Roadster Car for More Efficiency

December 29, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla said improvements it is making to its older Roadster model will let the electric car travel about 400 miles on a single charge.                                 

Berryville Company To Help Upgrade Iconic Handgun

December 29, 2014 9:20 am | by John Magsam, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | News | Comments

Custom gun-maker Wilson Combat is teaming up with Beretta USA to produce an upgraded version of an iconic military handgun.                                     

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How Many American Homes Can Boeing's New Jet Power?

December 16, 2014 2:43 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation has spent the last two decades developing smarter, lighter and more efficient electrical and computer systems for military and passenger planes. The business unit just won a major order to supply electrical power technology and avionics systems to Boeing’s family of new 777X wide-body aircraft, which is currently in development.

Light My Sleigh Tonight: The Story of Rudolph & GE

December 12, 2014 12:48 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, still a staple of holiday TV, was brought to the screen half a century ago by GE executive William Sahloff. He likely didn’t know that, just a couple of years earlier, a GE engineer had invented the red LED in the company’s labs.

Engineering Newswire: 10 Worst Toys Pass Test

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., released its 42nd annual 10 Worst Toys report … So we bought them …                             

F-35 Fighter Jet Has Another Problem

December 11, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin's F-35 jet has had lots of problems since its first flight in 2006. Now as the planes start to arrive at Air Force bases around the country, another issue has come to light.                 

Record Breaking Printer Creates Super-Size Glass Designs

December 8, 2014 10:25 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An Israeli-based company sets a world record for the largest digital glass printer.                                               

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Lamborghini Asterion: One Sexy Hybrid

December 5, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

This isn't a wimpy hybrid. This is a 900+ horsepower behemoth that has all the style you'd expect from a luxury Lamborghini.                                    

New Balance Creates Running Shoe of the Future with 3D printing

December 5, 2014 9:32 am | by New Balance | Articles | Comments

No two runners are the same. So, New Balance has taken to personalizing a runner’s shoes with EOS industrial 3D-printing technology to additively manufacture individualized spike plates that improve individual runner's performance.     

Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm, industry leaders share their ideas on the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing, as well as the ways robotics may change the way we design and create in the future.     

'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency to Police Shootings

December 3, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved shootings.

Takata: Evidence Does Not Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.             

The Supersonic Jets of Tomorrow

December 2, 2014 3:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Companies are working on building supersonic jets that can fly twice as fast as today's commercial planes.                                         

Gun Manufacturers are Targeting a New Demographic

December 2, 2014 2:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At the Shot Show in Las Vegas, a new trend in gun manufacturing was made clear: gun sales for women and by women are on the rise. As a result, the industry is beginning to make guns that are more aesthetically appealing to women and are better suited for women's specific needs. 

Takata Panel To Audit Air Bag Inflator Production

December 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is forming a panel to audit its manufacturing and come up with ways to make safe air bag inflators, but the company's response to a U.S. demand for a national inflator recall remains unclear.     

Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

Bolivian Recycling Changes the Manufacturing of School Furniture

December 1, 2014 2:49 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Innovative recycling project in La Paz separates city waste and converts plastic garbage into school furniture made from 'plastiwood'.                                 

NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part in Space

December 1, 2014 2:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 3D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.                   

Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right. But, the power may soon need to shift left.       

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