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Lockheed Martin's Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 28, 2014 3:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy will begin testing and evaluating two FORTIS industrial exoskeletons. The FORTIS exoskeleton is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that increases an operator’s strength and endurance.               

$148M Metal Research Center To Open in Detroit This Fall

July 24, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected...

Choosing the Right Material for the Job

May 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Anderson Development | Articles | Comments

The trick is to figure out what material properties are the most important, while at the same...

Boeing To Shift Research Jobs To South, Midwest

December 13, 2013 10:21 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chicago-based aerospace company said the reorganization will result in fewer research jobs...

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What The iPhone 5S Costs Apple

November 29, 2013 8:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple's latest and greatest phone retails for $649 off contract, but costs a lot less for the company to make.                                        

3D Printed Car Could Be On The Road Soon

November 15, 2013 2:28 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer.                                        

5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses

November 6, 2013 9:32 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.                 

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GT Advanced Technologies Strikes Deal With Apple

November 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. shares soared in extended trading Monday after it struck a multi-year supply agreement with Apple Inc. for sapphire material.                           

Paint Stripper Designed To Safely Remove Powder Coatings

October 29, 2013 5:22 pm | by Tom Kutai, Solvent Kleene, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

D-Zolve™ 1012 from Solvent Kleene, Inc. is a paint and powder coating stripper and remover designed to efficiently strip hard-to-remove powder coatings, autophoretic/autodeposition chemical coatings and electrocoatings from intricate part shapes.      

Ford, University Of Michigan Open New Battery Lab

October 14, 2013 9:09 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars.           

Car Sales Burst A Challenge To Parts Suppliers

October 14, 2013 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says.            

3D Food Printer: The Future Of Food?

October 9, 2013 1:53 pm | by NBC | Videos | Comments

A company may have come up with a way to solve food shortage problems using a 3D printer.                                             

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How To Print A 1927 Miller 91 Racecar In 6 Weeks

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

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.

Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

NASA Using 3D Printing To Keep Costs Down

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

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.

NASA Creates A Rocket Component Using 3D Printing

September 4, 2013 5:24 pm | by Mashable Video | Videos | Comments

NASA has successfully tested a new kind of rocket engine component created using 3D printing. The engine injector was put through high-pressure, test firings of liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen, and it passed.            

Battery Maker Picks KY For Research Site

September 4, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky has landed its first major tenant at a battery research laboratory in Lexington as the state jockeys for a prominent role in developing next-generation automobiles. NOHMs Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it will locate research, product development and manufacturing operations at the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center.

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South Korea Unfolds The Future Of Urban Driving

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

South Korean researchers have developed an electric car that folds in half for easy parking. Named for the armor-covered mammal of the same name, the 'Armadillo-T' is a two-seater prototype vehicle that is designed for commuters in busy urban areas. Reuters' Rob Muir has more.

Piracy, Printing, And A New Era Of Manufacturing

September 3, 2013 8:01 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

A topic that doesn’t seem to come up, at least via outlets that are 3D-printer friendly (which are in a powerful majority at this point), is the proliferation of piracy thanks to the quickly emerging 3D-printer market. Much like Napster brought a slapped major record labels across the face, 3D printing is poised to make major manufacturers shake in their boots… maybe.

Deadly & Life-Saving: Printing Our 3D Future

August 27, 2013 8:02 am | by Richard Console | Articles | Comments

With the emergence of 3D printers into mainstream markets, what the devices actually do seems to matter less than what they will do, or could be made to do, in the future. Will they create a crisis of unregistered, undetectable firearms? Or will 3D printers become such a life-saving medical necessity that future consumers will regard the technology as unremarkable as the current practice of casting broken bones?

'Hyperloop' Travel Idea Gains Fans, Backers

August 23, 2013 2:02 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk urged the public to polish sketch plans he released last week for a "Hyperloop" that would shoot capsules full of people at the speed of sound through elevated tubes connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. From tinkerers to engineers, the race is on.

Aston Martin's Carbon Fiber Concept

August 21, 2013 1:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The CC100 is Aston Martin's new concept vehicle that features a carbon-fiber body and sports a 1950's race car look. But don't expect to order one anytime soon. The CC100 concept car is made almost entirely of carbon fiber and was introduced as part of Aston Martin's 100th birthday celebration.

Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

August 20, 2013 8:02 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Maker’s Row, a free service that facilitates connections between designers and the small-batch American manufacturers that can help them turn a sketch into a real product, is on a roll. The startup has recently secured $1M in funding. The users are happy too — Tanya Menendez, COO and co-founder, was pleased to hear that an American manufacturer posted their company’s profile and had a meeting in just two days.

Flying Robots For New Data

August 15, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Switzerland are developing a flying robot to navigate and collect data in cluttered environments. The robot is equipped to stick to vertical surfaces, and can recover and continue flying even after a crash. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

Is Inventor Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Just Hype?

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Inventor Elon Musk calls his latest idea the Hyperloop: a high-speed transportation system that would speed people through hollow tubes at the speed of sound without turbulence, weather delays, or air traffic control. Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco.

'Hyperloop' Would Link LA-SF In 30 Minutes

August 13, 2013 10:03 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco. On Monday, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled a transportation concept that he said could whisk passengers the nearly 400 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes — half the time it takes an airplane. If it's ever built.

Dream, Build, Create

August 12, 2013 3:11 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 1939 – and inspired by a plastic toothbrush – L.A. Blackwellhad a simple dream: To be able to produce a well-made, standard, plastic product. He built his first injection molding machine by hand and Houston, TX became home to a leader in custom plastics injection molding and extrusion: Blackwell Plastics, Inc.

Inventor Musk To Share Plans For High-Speed Travel

August 12, 2013 2:06 pm | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday. Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events.

Survey Reveals Plastics Manufacturing Customers' Top Priorities

August 12, 2013 8:08 am | by Andrew Hoehn, Ray Products | Articles | Comments

While the survey showed that customers cared about some aspects of a manufacturer’s capabilities more than other, there wasn’t a wide disparity between their highest and lowest ranked attributes.  For example, survey takers gave the top-ranked attribute,  “Quality,” a 4.73 out of a possible 5 rating.  The lowest ranked attribute, “Sales Process,” still received a rating of 3.08 out of a possible 5.

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