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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.       

Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG, Tops Among Pickups

November 24, 2014 9:58 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making...

Michelin: Taking the Average Tire and Turning it into a 'Tweel'

November 21, 2014 1:59 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Tire maker Michelin is literally reinventing the wheel for industrial equipment and commercial...

Company Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

November 21, 2014 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Graco, a children’s products manufacturer based out of Atlanta,Georgia, is issuing a stroller...

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Dutch to Test Solar Panels on Bicycle Path

November 13, 2014 1:33 pm | by Toby Sterling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam.     

How Manufacturers Can Improve Product Design

November 10, 2014 4:54 pm | by Al Kent | Articles | Comments

Industrial companies can take a page from the fast-moving world of software design and adopt a sprint-and-scrum approach. This iterative process relies on short cycles involving rapid design evolution and revision.           

8th Grader Designs New Inexpensive Braille Printer

November 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Shubham Banerjee came up with the idea for an affordable braille printer while playing with Legos. Now at 13 years old, he's just become Silicon Valley's newest tech phenom as the youngest person ever to get venture capital investment for a startup. 

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Engine in Failed Rocket Launch Likely to be Pulled

November 5, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed when its unmanned Antares commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff last week.         

Salty Potatoes Spur Food Revolution

November 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Dutch farmer is using diluted sea water to successfully grow crops, a breakthrough that could potentially minimize the impact of increasingly salinated fresh water reserves due to climate change, as well as save thousands of coastal farms around the world.

A New Take on Peanut Butter and Jelly

November 4, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

General Electric launched a search for kid inventors and found 7 year-old Ellie Rowlands, who created a way to improve on a kids’ culinary classic — peanut butter and jelly. She demonstrates the ease of making a sandwich with “Ellie’s Jellies.” 

Inside the Chevy Volt Battery Lab

October 29, 2014 11:43 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Go inside the largest automotive battery lab in the world that engineered the battery pack for the new Chevy Volt. And after Peter Valdes-Dapena builds a Volt drive unit, we'll let you decide if he has a future in auto manufacturing.     

Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by ABC News | News | Comments

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations that it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs and never informed authorities of the change — raising safety concerns. The jury determined that the company should have told the government about the design change.

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LEAP Jet Engine Fuels Strong Orders for GE

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE Aviation has been flight testing jet engines for more than a decade. But never one like the LEAP, the world’s first jet engine with 3D-printed fuel nozzles and parts from advanced ceramic materials.              

The Smart Wheel That Could Change Transportation’s Future

October 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing.                             

Intel Invests up to $1.5B in China Venture

September 26, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics.                         

Stealth Destroyer Fires Up Gas Turbine for First Time

September 24, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.                       

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 10:50 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show, so we’ve collected some of the best of IMTS 2014.                                  

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Ford To Unveil New Hybrid Cars In 2018

August 26, 2014 3:22 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018. The model will be compact and is a dedicated hybrid - unlike the current Fusion - in the hopes to take on Toyota's best-selling hybrid, the Prius.         

U.S. Investigates Ford Explorer Police SUV Brake Hose Failures

August 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.                    

Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

August 25, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.                       

America's First Electric Supercar

August 19, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

What looks like a Shelby Daytona Coupé, goes like a 911 Turbo S and uses no traditional fuel? The Renovo Coupe. It's a car bred in Silicon Valley and it's the first American all-electric supercar.               

U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.          

Ebola Puts Focus on Drugs Made in Tobacco Plants

August 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Malcom Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.                         

Nissan's Clean Car Put to the Test

August 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nissan claims it has created the 'cleanest car' in the world with a new innovative paint technology. Watch as it gets put to the test.                                  

Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

Adopting Additive Manufacturing in the Production Process

August 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by Stratasys | Videos | Comments

Smart manufacturers are adopting additive manufacturing to produce custom jigs and fixtures in a fraction of the time and cost required by conventional tooling methods.                        

Bringing 3D Printing to Your Hand

July 31, 2014 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

3D printing is a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3D printer.                              

Providing 3D Printing to the Masses

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways, a 3D printing company that lets consumers dream up products and sell them on-demand, says that a manufacturing revolution is coming.                          

Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The moves come as organizations ranging from libraries to retailers adopt quickly evolving 3D printing technology. Recently eBay launched its own 3D printing store via an iPhone app called eBay Exact.              

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