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Japanese Robot Chats With Astronaut On Space Station

December 20, 2013 12:35 pm | by Emily Wang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of an experiment testing Kirobo's autonomous conversation functions.

The Top 3 Manufacturing Trends For 2014

December 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

With the end of the year approaching, manufacturers are looking forward into next year and the trends that matter to them.  Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst with LNS Research, narrows down the list of trends that you should be aware of.

Air Bag Safety System Tested On World Cup Skiers

December 20, 2013 9:47 am | by Andrew Dampf, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Working with the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Italian manufacturer has been collecting information from skiers for four years to find the exact algorithm as to when can the system should go into effect — in other words, at what point in a fall can a racer no longer regain control.

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Design, Manufacturing, and Automation

December 19, 2013 2:21 pm | by Design & Manufacturing Midwest | Events

Gather the focused and in-depth information you and your business need on the latest technologies and trends in packaging as well as the implementable solutions to your top design, manufacturing & automation challenges.

Samsung, LG To Unveil 105-Inch Curved TVs

December 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The upcoming premium TVs set will be made of LCD panels packing more than 11 million pixels, 5,120 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high. But not much video content is available for the ultra-HD TV sets. TV makers hope the launch of the new hardware technology will fuel growth of content.

F35: The Last Manned Fighter Jet

December 19, 2013 9:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

United Technologies CFO Greg Hayes explains why he thinks the current fleet will be the 'last procurement' of manned fighter jets.                                   

American Energy And Manufacturing Competitiveness

December 19, 2013 9:20 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

Top CEOs, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America and Eric Spiegel of Siemens USA, discuss the advantages that the U.S. offers for manufacturing, including the largest market in the world, low energy costs, and a strong technology infrastructure.

Breakingviews: Is Google Building The Terminator?

December 18, 2013 1:32 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Rob Cox and Rob Cyran try to make sense of Google's purchase of robotics firm Boston Dynamics, its eighth in the space this year.                                   

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: 3D Printed Guns, Automotive Bankruptcies & Employing Vets

December 17, 2013 12:07 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, sponsored by Exact, we’ll discuss 3D printed guns and other disruptive technologies, as well as the Saab brand’s resurrection. We’ll also talk to Brad Holcomb of ISM on the latest strong manufacturing numbers, and see Honda’s fun new take on the airbag.

Maybe Not Sci-Fi, But Robots Readied For Big Tests

December 16, 2013 2:18 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill & Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday in a Defense Department competition at Homestead Miami Speedway for how well they can complete tasks including getting into an all-terrain vehicle, driving it and opening doors.

Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

GM is designing cars with 3D printing, Ford is scanning each car for paint imperfections the size of a grain of salt, and everyone is making more models on the same line.                        

Company Offers Public Use Of 3D Printers

December 16, 2013 9:46 am | by Amy Hamilton, The Daily Sentinel | News | Comments

In a workshop at Grand Junction's Business Incubator Center, employees with Apex CAD Products use three-dimensional printers to make an array of items for customers, from models of dental implants and vertebrae for medical professionals to working parts for machines.

Ford's 3D Printed Auto Parts Save Millions, Boost Quality

December 16, 2013 9:33 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The development of the engine cover for the all-new Ford Mustang is the most recent example of the use of this technology.  Ford uses 3D printing to quickly produce prototype parts, shaving months off the development time for individual components used in all of its vehicles, such as cylinder heads, intake manifolds and air vents.

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Cars And Trucks Hit Record Gas Mileage In 2012

December 13, 2013 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon (10 liters per 100 kilometers) in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

GE Electrical R&D Center Opens In Southwest Ohio

December 13, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Aviation and the University of Dayton are marking the grand opening of a $53 million electrical power research and development center in southwest Ohio.  The center will work to develop advanced electrical systems, and can analyze, simulate and test power systems in planes.

The Pros And Cons Of 3D Printing

December 13, 2013 1:14 pm | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

As a follow-up to the previous video about a manufacturing facility consisting entirely of 3D printers, reporter Ray Martin discusses the pros and cons of 3D Printing.  As part of his commentary, Martin talks to Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3D printed gun.

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 in Washington state and California and is being undertaken to better meet the needs of its commercial airplane, military and space and security units.

A Factory From The Future

December 12, 2013 9:26 am | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

Reporter Ray Martin takes you on a tour of the Redeye 3D printing factory in Minneapolis - where the world's first 3D printed car was born.                               

Can Apple Get Back To $700?

December 12, 2013 9:05 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple is in the green for 2013 and shares are nearing $600 thanks to a reported China Mobile deal.  But to get above its all-time high, Apple must innovate.                          

Quick Sale In Fisker Bankruptcy Remains On Track

December 11, 2013 9:34 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.         

Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 11, 2013 9:19 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver them to clients.                             

Dutch Bus Drivers To Test Fatigue Warning Tech

December 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch luxury bus company is testing technology — already used in the mining industry and Caterpillar — that monitors whether a driver is becoming drowsy.                           

Ford's Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

December 10, 2013 12:33 pm | by Ford Motor Company | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.              

Gene Therapy Scores Big Wins Against Blood Cancers

December 9, 2013 1:20 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least six research groups have treated more than 120 patients with many types of blood and bone marrow cancers, with stunning results.

Food-Tech Startups Aim To Replace Eggs And Chicken

December 9, 2013 10:03 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

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