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NASCAR Automotive Tech: Future Safety Advancements

February 20, 2014 9:37 am | by NASCAR | Videos | Comments

Engineers at NASCAR discuss the newest trends in automotive racing safety, including updates to safety nets and a redesigned windshield.                                 

Automotive Engineers: A Day In The Life

February 20, 2014 9:30 am | by Johnson Controls | Videos | Comments

Automotive engineers Rob and Jabez enjoy solving problems for their customers just like any other engineer. This video gives you a look at a typical day as an automotive engineer, as they take an idea from sketch to final product.     

The Dune Buggy That Can Fly

February 19, 2014 2:52 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

SkyRunner is a dune buggy and a power parachute in one. After almost three years in development, it is on track to hit the market later this year.                               

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Why An Apple, Tesla Partnership Makes Sense

February 19, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Silicon Valley has always rewarded great design, both inside and out. The two companies are among the most exemplary examples of this, be it the iPhone, iPad, or the Model S. Every detail is thought of, and it all works seamlessly with each other. However, that's where many of the similarities end. 

Why BMW Built A Bobsled

February 18, 2014 11:34 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Olympic team tapped the automaker to design and develop its two-man bobsled for the 2014 Winter Games.                                       

Military Nears Holy Grail: Pizza That Lasts Years

February 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.        

Cadillac ELR: Plug-In Luxury, Hefty Cost

February 14, 2014 9:48 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Cadillac ELR is a plug-in that also has a gasoline engine to extend its distance. The car has excellent suspension, decent acceleration, but the $76,000 price tag is a lot for a two-door Cadillac.                

Making The All-New Mac Pro

February 13, 2014 9:25 am | by Apple | Videos | Comments

The Mac Pro is a computer unlike any we have ever created. To build it, we pioneered new processes, innovated manufacturing techniques, and essentially rethought how to make a computer. This is the story of how it all comes together.      

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Humanoid Robots Could Soon Replace Store Employees

February 13, 2014 9:06 am | by CBS News | News | Comments

Inventors say robots could soon replace people at grocery stores, airports, and sports stadiums. Lucy McDonald came face to face with one in Southwest England.                            

Commercial Drones Take Flight

February 12, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

North Dakota is home to the military's Predator drone and is one of six FAA approved test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.                                     

What The World Would Be Like If Engineering Didn't Exist

February 11, 2014 8:37 am | by Jenny Ann Beswick | Blogs | Comments

Our buildings, roads, vehicles, and technologies make us human. These engineered structures allow us to translate space, communicate across vast distances, and extend the limits of our bodies. A decline in the sciences is a serious threat to our global society.

Robots Still Have A Lot To Learn

January 30, 2014 9:31 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At a recent robotics challenge in Miami, it was clear that robot development is still working on the most basic of functions.                                    

3D Printing Helps Nike Design Super Bowl Cleat

January 29, 2014 12:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nike used 3D printed prototypes to speed up the design process for its latest football cleat.                                             

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Q&A: Doing Manufacturing And Construction 'Right This Time'

January 28, 2014 9:24 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

DIRTT, which was founded in 2004 and is based out of its headquarters in Calgary, AB, Canada, aims to do nothing less than change the methods of conventional construction. The company is offering its customers the ability to design, specify, price, manufacture, and deliver on new construction in a modular fashion that they claim is cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and less susceptible to human error.

3D Printing Could Revolutionize Home Building

January 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A USC professor demonstrates how to build a 2,500-square-foot home in less than 20 hours. Brittney Hopper, KCBS 2 Los Angeles, reports.                                 

Engineering Services Market Heading Abroad

January 27, 2014 8:53 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Previously, IMPO has covered the reshoring and nearshoring trends that are bringing jobs back to the U.S. and bordering countries. These trends are prevalent in the manufacturing production sector, as companies are finding the increasing costs of doing business abroad a deterrent to outsourcing. But according to the Information Services Group (ISG), this trend is not the same for engineering services.

The Future of Localized Manufacturing

January 24, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Atlantic | Videos | Comments

Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow.

The Future Of Digital Fabrication

January 23, 2014 8:36 am | by Fareed Zakaria, CNN | Videos | Comments

Fareed Zakaria discusses the future of 3D printing and digital fabrication with MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld argues that 3D printers are just the beginning and explains how technological advancements can impact manufacturing globally. 

Next-Level 3D Printing With Metal

January 22, 2014 9:32 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

3D printing took another leap forward when Michigan Technological University scientists invented a 3D metal printer available at a relatively affordable price. While the machine is still a work in progress, it opens up the possibility of 3D metal printing for medium and small businesses, and even dedicated hobbyists. Here are some possible pros and cons that result from affordable, open-source 3D metal printers.

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

January 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

Could 3D printing revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David." Three-dimensional printing takes the opposite approach. 

Manufacturing Needs More ‘Post-Mortems’

January 20, 2014 9:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

An in-depth post-mortem can actually increase confidence in a business and encourage more trust. Everyone and every business makes mistakes, and often, what separates a successful one from a failed one is the way in which they respond to the unexpected. Proving that your company can do just that should be a matter of pride, not shame.

Big, Sexy Power Detroit Auto Show

January 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Conway G. Gittens, Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

American auto companies are choosing brawn over brains at the 25th Detroit Auto Show with a Chevy Corvette and Silverado truck grabbing top honors. The turnaround certainly puts the wind at the back of incoming GM CEO Mary Barra as the industry's first female leader, but the competition is coming on strong and heavy.

Ford CEO: Aluminum Is Stronger And Tougher

January 14, 2014 11:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Debuting an aluminum F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford CEO Alan Mulally says the material is stronger, tougher, and more fuel efficient than steel.                             

The Future Is Here And It's Wearable

January 13, 2014 3:45 pm | by NBC Nightly News | Videos | Comments

Check out the next generation of technology you won't be able to live without. Gadget by gadget, people expect even the most common things to be more useful with the Internet.                      

Gadget Time At CMU's Build 18 Engineering Fest

January 13, 2014 2:03 pm | by Adrian McCoy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University's Electrical and Computer Engineering department ushers in the spring semester with the annual Build 18 engineering fest — a fast-paced challenge where students have seven days to build an imaginative and innovative product under tight deadlines and with limited funding — real-world lessons that most startups learn the hard way.

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