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3D Printed Electronic Circuit Boards

January 8, 2015 2:42 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Helping his son with a school project led Michael Toutonghi to invent a 3D printing medium that conducts electricity and can print plastic circuit boards.                            

Ford CEO Talks Innovation, Cuba

January 7, 2015 2:34 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford’s CEO Mark Fields says the future of the automaker will go beyond making cars, it will be about helping drivers get from one place to the next in the most efficient way.                     

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.                               

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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. 

IMPO's Photo of the Day: A Sweeter 3D Printer

January 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Don't miss IMPO's Photo of the Day of a unique printing experience from the 2015 International CES.                                         

FCC To Vote Next Month on Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.               

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.                       

Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Dan Miklovic

December 30, 2014 10:51 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Dan Miklovic, the Principal Analyst in Asset Performance Management at LNS Research. They covered topics such as Big Data, job creation and tech trends for the upcoming year.

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Program That Backed Solyndra Now Showing Successes

December 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite some of the DOE program's highly publicized failures, the department now projects a profit of between $5 billion and $6 billion over the next 20 to 25 years.                         

The Future of Agriculture? Industrial-Scale Indoor Farming

December 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Advances in LED technology are helping to create an environment where vegetables can be produced at scale, with higher yields and shorter grow cycles, no matter what climate.             

California Still Mulls Over Safety of Driverless Cars

December 22, 2014 10:57 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Though the cars are at least a few years away, companies are testing prototypes on California's roads, and regulators have questions: Do they obey all traffic laws? What if their computers freeze? Can they smoothly hand control back to human drivers?

First Drone in Test Program Crashes in Nevada

December 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"This is still a great day for Nevada," Gov. Brian Sandoval said after the orange aircraft dubbed the Sensurion Magpie was launched by hand, flew about 10 feet and plunged nose-first to the desert floor.        

3D Printed Cookies Just in Time for Christmas

December 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini,' a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa.                               

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6 Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              

Build-it-Yourself Computer for $150

December 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's kind of like Legos, but for computers. Kano is a kit that offers kids the basics of building hardware and coding software.                                   

Learn how Big Data and Analytics are Driving Operational Excellence for A&D Manufacturers and Suppliers

December 10, 2014 10:04 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up in 2014

December 9, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $417.80 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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.     

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.                   

Can Toyota's Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Go the Distance?

November 26, 2014 12:31 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

A new car from Toyota could be the blueprint of cars we’ll be driving in years to come. It’s called the Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese, and is Toyota's first emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicle...but the innovation isn't without risks in an unproven market.

Ford Edge Gets 'Adaptive Steering'

November 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer talks with USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard about the 'adaptive steering' feature in the 2015 Ford Edge crossover, due in showrooms next spring.                       

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.       

Robots To Fly Planes Where Humans Can't

November 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. 

Robots Take Over Security in Silicon Valley

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The new K5 robot features laser scanning and a 360-degree live video camera, but it won't be chasing down the bad guys. It's designed to move around people as it sends images back to a command center.               

Ford Builds Robot for Rough Roads

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

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