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The Future Of Manufacturing And Design With Additive Manufacturing.

March 13, 2013 1:33 pm | Events

In this webcast, Dr. Christopher Williams, Assistant Professor and Director of the DREAMS (Design, Research and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems) Lab, will discuss how Additive Manufacturing is being used at Virginia Tech. The presentation will include use-cases and novel applications of both Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and multi-material PolyJet 3D Printing.

Croatian Micro-Car To Electrify Mass Market

March 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Croatian engineering company Dok-Ing has announced plans to start serial production of its electric three-seat microcar. The company believes urban commuters will find the vehicle ideal for low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

New BlackBerry Coming To The U.S. On March 22

March 11, 2013 2:23 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will launch its new touchscreen smartphone in the U.S. with AT&T on March 22. The release will come several weeks after RIM launched the much-delayed devices elsewhere. AT&T said Monday said the Z10 will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Sales of the device began in the U.K. and Canada shortly after RIM unveiled the phone in late January.

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Is 3D Printing The Future Of Manufacturing?

March 11, 2013 1:05 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

3D printing is a process by which an object or objects are created by "printing" its shape with any kind of metal or plastic. Cornell University professor Hod Lipson explains how a 3D printer works, its pros, and its cons in this CBS This Morning segment.

Volkswagen's Golf Named Europe's Car Of The Year

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Golf has been named Europe's Car of the Year by automotive journalists from more than 20 countries. Introduced in 1974 and recently redesigned, the hatchback is the company's mass-market flagship — and a key element in its ambition to overtake Toyota as the world's biggest carmaker.

China Targets Satellite Launch Market

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business, targeting a 15 percent share by 2020, a leading space program official said. China hopes to increase its market share by establishing strategic alliances with major launch services providers and satellite manufacturers, the deputy head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Liang Xiaohong, said.

3D Printing Stocks Still One Dimensional

March 4, 2013 3:06 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Stratasys shares surged in early trading today and rival 3D Systems was also up. Recently public company ExOne shares rallied as well. 3D printing companies are up on some good sales but be careful when investing in this volatile, emerging industry.

Manufacturing's Next Chapter

March 4, 2013 3:00 pm | by GEreports | Videos | Comments

At The Atlantic's event, leading experts talk about what they think are the main challenges of manufacturing and the way forward for the U.S. manufacturing industry. Leaders talk about lasers, programming our physical world and beyond. Jamie Tarabay from Ideas Laboratory reports.

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The Race To Rule The Wearable Gadget Market

March 4, 2013 2:53 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

The first wave of wearable tech is already here: fitness devices like NikeFuel band have set the stage for a burgeoning business. But with Google launching computer glasses and Apple believed to be developing a smart watch, these devices are poised to surpass smartphones over the next decade.

Futuristic Google Glass Has Tech World Buzzing

March 4, 2013 2:37 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

A video demonstrating the gadget, a pane of glass that projects images right in front of your face, has earned more than 13 million views in less than a week. Google plans to release Glass before the end of the year. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

Can The New Corvette Save GM?

March 4, 2013 10:23 am | by Brad Schmitt, The Nashville Ledger | News | Comments

It looks part Ferrari, part Batmobile. But can this superhero save GM? Auto industry analysts and mainstream media predict the 2014 Corvette Stingray will have all sorts of extraordinary, megastar powers. One of them could be the power to revive a parent company that, less than four years ago, had the fourth-largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

European Carmakers To Get Serious At Geneva Show

March 4, 2013 10:20 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Geneva Motor Show has long had a reputation as one of the glitziest stops on the global auto show circuit — the place to unveil luxury models and out-of-this-world fantasy concept cars. But this year the dire state of the European auto industry will hang over the exhibition halls.

March 2013 - Robotic Efficiencies

March 1, 2013 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue see how Starbucks' continuous improvement philosophy earns an AME Manufacturing Excellence Award, learn how mobile access to maintenance could mean easier troubleshooting, check out the 2013 Industrial Web Directory, and more.

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Speedometer Top Speed Often Exceeds Reality

February 28, 2013 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109. So why do the Yaris — and most other cars sold in the U.S. — have speedometers that show top speeds they can't possibly reach?

Audi Allroad: Better Than An SUV

February 27, 2013 3:58 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These days, everybody has crossover SUVs - Audi even has two of them. But for 2013, Audi has brought the 'allroad' back to its lineup. An all-wheel drive station wagon with extra ground clearance that's more fun to drive than crossover SUVs.

Consumer Reports: Best Cars For 2013

February 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Lots of car awards are given out every year but if you talk to anyone in the industry, probably none matters more than getting the nod from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports recently announced their Top Pick vehicles for 2013, which received the highest scores in their self-administered tests. Detroit automakers didn't make the cut.

The Brilliant Phone Samsung & Apple Didn't Dream Up

February 26, 2013 12:54 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The smartphone market may be massive, but most handsets basically look identical. That's because the big boys are scared of taking risks, says the man behind Russia's innovative YotaPhone, which includes a flip side, battery sipping E-ink display.

Top Five Benefits Of Additive Manufacturing (You Never Considered)

February 26, 2013 8:08 am | by Hanson, RedEye On Demand | Articles | Comments

Since the introduction of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in the 1980s, the benefits of producing small quantities of complex parts fast is well understood among manufacturing circles. Despite this, the industry is just beginning to understand exactly how transformative the technology will be to the future of manufacturing.

Chinese Hackers Seen As Increasingly Professional

February 25, 2013 2:01 pm | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beijing hotly denies accusations of official involvement in massive cyberattacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues. But at least one element cited by Internet experts points to professional cyberspies: China's hackers take the weekend off.

Huawei Reveals 'Fastest Smartphone In The World'

February 25, 2013 10:12 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Huawei, a Chinese company that recently became the world's third-largest maker of smartphones, calls its new flagship product "the fastest smartphone in the world" and wants to use it to expand global awareness of its brand. Parts of the presentation of the phone at a press conference Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, suggest that the company has some way to go in polishing its pitch for a global audience.

SaaS Vs. On-Premise ERP

February 25, 2013 8:00 am | by Bobby Rudder, director of marketing & communications, Godlan Inc. | Articles | Comments

Will your company commit to a maintenance contract and stay up to date with latest core releases and features? If not, consider SaaS, where the software is always representative of the latest release and feature set. Legacy systems that are not maintained and updated are preventing businesses from embracing enabling technologies.

SRNL, Ford Study Powering Cars With Natural Gas

February 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at a lab at the Savannah River Site are studying ways to power vehicles using natural gas. The Savannah River National Laboratory is partnering with Ford Motor Co., the University of California-Berkeley and BASF. The project is funded by a $5.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tesla 4Q Net Loss Widens On New Car Costs

February 21, 2013 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net loss grew by 10 percent due to higher costs during the production start for the new Model S. The Palo Alto, Calif., company said in a letter to shareholders that it expects to be "slightly profitable" in the first quarter, excluding noncash option and warrant expenses.

Toyota Avalon: No Longer A 'Retiree's Car'

February 20, 2013 3:10 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Toyota Avalon has always been a bit of a snooze, but the 2013 is actually not as boring as its predecessors. CNNMoney's David Valdes-Dapena reports that the new model is still a big, comfortable car but now it also is a nice drive as well. Take a look.

Tesla Model S: Test Drive

February 20, 2013 3:04 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNNMoney took a Tesla Model S sedan on a test drive from Washington D.C. to Boston, testing both the car and Tesla's supercharger network. The all-electric car drove 450 miles with two stops to recharge at Tesla's Supercharger stations in Delaware and Connecticut.

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