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3D, No Waiting!

Few will dispute that additive manufacturing — commonly called 3D printing — has endured a development path of fits and starts. But as niche applications, an ever-increasing array of material choices — and the...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

WCX 2023: Biomimicry Inspires Product Development

Nature has always served as a giant classroom where problem-solving lessons are taught — a “storehouse of inspiration for new and different ideas,” noted Trisha Brown, co-director...

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Materials

John Deere 3D-Prints Production Fuel Valves for Tractors

HP launched its new commercial Metal Jet S100 Solution in September 2022 and two months later showcased the 3D printer for the first time publicly at the Formnext exhibition in...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

BMW Takes Multi-Modal Route to Manufacturing

BMW’s Munich factory remains the fertile root of a century of manufacturing, including its first R32 motorcycle in 1923. But the Bavarian automaker’s oldest assembly site is transforming...

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Design

A Divergent Approach to Vehicle Development and Production

Among the most intriguing vehicles on display at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance was a pair developed by an obscure brand, Czinger Vehicles, and its parent company,...

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Energy

Cadillac's Future-Tech Flagship

Restoring the Cadillac brand to its golden-age pinnacle, when it stood equal among Europe’s ultra-luxury greats, has long been an intermittent dream within GM. The grandiose ‘Sixteen’ concept in...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Keeping Your Silicon Cool

Onboard electronics continue to evolve rapidly. Components are smaller. Systems are more complex. The sophisticated electronics components that make up modern vehicles require precision heat dissipation for...

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Test & Measurement

EVs Drive NVH Material Innovations

The definition of a ‘quiet’ vehicle, as determined by the occupants’ ears, is changing radically, as electric motors replace the internal-combustion engine. And electric vehicles are changing the...

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Unmanned Systems

3DEO Launches New Metal 3D-Printing Platform

California-based 3DEO unveiled in February its new metal 3D printing platform and patented technology, Saffron. The proprietary platform has been in development for the past five years....

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Toyota R&D Ups Its Additive Manufacturing Game

Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) in York Township, Michigan, is Toyota’s largest R&D center outside of Japan. The team there performs engineering...

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Technical Innovation
Electronics & Computers

Mahle Advances 3D Printing Capabilities

Slashing the time to produce prototypes for complex components, from several months to a few days, explains in part why Mahle’s technology group decided to build a new facility for additive...

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Materials

3D Printing Scales-Up

While the 3D-printed vehicle remains a dream, the technology also known as additive manufacturing (AM) already has proven its ability to create impressively complex part geometries in concepts such as EDAG’s...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

‘Thinking Ahead’ Maximizes Additive Manufacturing Potential

When it comes to designing automotive parts to be produced by additive manufacturing (AM), one must get comfortable asking tough questions, having difficult conversations...

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Design

Virtual Meets Mixed Reality for Vehicle Development

Automakers developing stand-alone technologies, such as driver-interface systems, will increasingly need to consider moving to a company-wide virtual model to create a digital twin of...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

How 3D Printing Could Add Efficiency to EV Power Electronics

“Think production!” Perhaps that advice should be posted on the wall of every design office, R&D lab and advanced technology center in the auto industry. Although...

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Power

Charting the ICE Future with Mahle’s Martin Berger

Electrification nets the current headlines and Wall Street fervor, but the internal combustion engine (ICE) will easily soldier on for several decades, serving as the core of many...

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AR/AI

German OEMs Flex 3D Manufacturing Muscle

A chief impediment for wider adoption of additive manufacturing long has been its potential for application in high-volume and high-throughput production. But continuing process and technique...

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Power

New Initiatives Prep Porsche, GM for Digital-Manufacturing Transformation

The sometimes seemingly mercurial benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) movement are moving into focus for automotive manufacturing, as automakers large and...

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Materials

Ford’s Mielewski Envisions Broad Portfolio of Renewable Materials

A broad portfolio of renewable materials is available now that can help the automotive industry reduce its carbon footprint. Many of these new materials exceed the...

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Materials

All-Composite EV Wheel Heads to Production

Designed for EV and niche applications, the first commercially viable, low cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel moves to the next phase of development with a pilot production run. The...

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Power

Porsche Partners to Develop 3D-Printed Pistons

Additive manufacturing (AM), aka 3D printing, is not new to Porsche. The German manufacturer heavily leverages AM processes in prototyping, and since May 2020, in production for...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Embracing the Digital Transformation in Aerospace & Defense

The aerospace & defense (A&D) industry has always been known for great innovation and high expectations. Even during the difficult times with the impact of COVID-19,...

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Manned Systems

Lunewave Promises Low-Cost Radar with High-Performance 360-Degree View

Radar sensing has been used for various functions in passenger vehicles for more than two decades. Like all sensors intended an automated vehicle (AV), radar has...

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Connectivity

Directing GM’s 3D-Printed Future

Among automakers, General Motors was an early adopter of 3-D printing/additive manufacturing (AM) in the 1980s and is accelerating both its use of, and investment in, the technology. Nearly 40,000...

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AR/AI

Alitheon’s Vision Is Easy Digital Traceability

Imagine a “no-touch” system for tagging and tracing nearly any production part. One that uses off-the-shelf imaging tools including smartphones, generates compact data that can be...

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Software

Lightweight Design Beyond CAD

Automakers have been focused on lightweighting their vehicles for years, motivated by fuel economy, performance and safety. This engineering task is becoming increasingly difficult as the areas to trim...

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Medical

How Ford Is Mobilizing Its Engineers in the COVID-19 Fight

The fight against COVID-19 has forced disparate industries to collaborate on a technical level not seen since World War II, in order to boost supply of vital medical equipment....

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Power

New Ampere EV Motor Aims for Power, Torque Benchmarks

Consider an EV traction motor rated at 220 kW and weighing 10 kg (22 lb). Is it too good to be true? “We’ll find out within nine months when we build it,” said Ian Foley,...

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Materials

Moving Metal AM Forward

The global 3D-printing metals market was estimated to be US $774 million in 2019, according to a recent research report by MarketsandMarkets. The research company projects the market to reach more than US $3.1...

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