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Who Will Win the Lightweight Vehicle Transition?

By Bob Chandler | Reprinted with Permission from The MotleyFool

Auto and truck manufacturers are searching for ways to lighten their vehicles, hoping to improve performance and boost fuel economy. That's good news for aluminum producer Alcoa and carbon-fiber composite developer Hexcel Corporation which can offer automakers sufficiently strong and lighter weight product. But traditional suppliers, like steel producer United States Steel, refuse to give up market share easily. They are developing their own less weighty alternative. Which company will win in the transition to lighter weight vehicles?

Burnley 'Vision Park' Plans Unveiled

Reprinted with Permission from Burnley Express

A new high-tech research and development centre planned for Burnley has been unveiled to business bosses.

The new “Vision Park” will be a hub for advanced manufacturing, digital and knowledge-based industries at the heart of the town’s multi-million pound Knowledge Quarter.

NYC Startup Quirky Launches Platform for Internet of Things

By Gabrielle Karol | Reprinted with Permission from Fox Business

GE and The Home Depot are turning to New York City startup Quirky for its new connected-home platform.

Quirky, which turns crowdsourced ideas into products, is spinning off a standalone business, Wink, for its Internet-of-Things software platform.  Wink will sync connected-home devices available from companies such as GE and The Home Depot with a mobile app to allow homeowners to manage smart products from their phone.

The Difference Between Machined and 3D Printed Metal Injection Molds

By Lindsey Frick | Reprinted with Permission from Machine Design

Metal tool cores made with additive methods can get pricey, but the savings in cycle time may outweigh conventional tooling.

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is a key technology used to print tool cores (also called mold inserts) for injection-molding processes. DMLS works just as it sounds — a 3D printer grows a part by sintering metal powder layer upon layer with a laser.

Why Conformal Cooling Makes $ense

By Robert A. Beard & Associates Inc | Reprinted from Plastics Technology

Find out how this game-changing techology can make you more money but reducing cycles and cutting scrap.

There has been a lot of talk among molders and moldmakers of late about conformal cooling. Why? Because it’s an industry game changer. Conventional molds have straight-line cooling channels. Simply put, conformal cooling makes use of cooling lines in an injection mold that curve and closely follow the geometry of the part to be produced. There are a variety of methods for manufacturing a conformally cooled mold, including laser sintering, vacuum brazing, liquid interface diffusion, and others.

Ford Fusion Loses 25% of its Weight in Lightweight Concept Version

By Charles Fleming | Reprinted with Permission from the LA Times

Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a new lightweight concept sedan, containing technology destined for use across the automaker's lineup.
The Lightweight Concept started life as a 2013 Ford Fusion, but lost 25% of its weight through the use of high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber.

Industry 4.0 May End Outsourcing

By Rob Spiegel | Reprinted with Permission from DesignNews

Zvi Feuer, CEO and GM of Manufacturing Engineering Software Solutions listed the five facets of Industry 4.0 that “keep him up at night.” They are:

  • Autonomous robots and advanced robots
  • The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Cloud computing
  • Big data
  • 3D printing

Automotive Lightweighting Groups Get Serious

By Ann Thryft | Reprinted with Permission from DesignNews

Industry trade groups, materials manufacturers, and software companies are getting serious about helping automotive manufacturers with vehicle lightweighting. This spring, four different consortia and partnerships were formed to help automakers and suppliers do even more to step up vehicle weight loss.

3-D Printing: A New Manufacturing Staple

By Lindsay Hock | Reprinted with Permission from R&D Magazine

Thirty years have passed since 3-D printers first appeared, but only recently have they hinted at a new era of manufacturing. The first working 3-D printer was created in 1984 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corp., Morrisville, N.C. Since the start of the 21st century, there has been a large growth in sales of these machines as their prices dropped substantially. Today, 3-D printers have become more of a staple in the current manufacturing space, while still piquing hobbyist interest. 

This Is the Future: German 3D Printing and Bitcoin Technology Combines

By Sabina Laska | Reprinted with Permission from

Marvel at the wave of the future as it is 3D-printed in front of you and paid for in bitcoins. That’s right: German 3D printing company ZmartPart has announced it is accepting payment in Bitcoin, combining two of the most fascinating and innovative new technologies of the day into one astonishingly futuristic process. 

A 3-D Printer That Can Print Parts 200 Times Faster and 10 Times Bigger Is One Giant Step Closer to Commercialization

By Beth McKenna | Reprinted with Permission from The Motley Fool

Even if you're invested in 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), or others in the 3-D printing space, you might not be familiar with what's being dubbed "big area additive manufacturing," or BAAM. That's not surprising as the 3-D printing companies aren't involved in this type of large-scale 3-D printing for industrial uses.

The Internet of Things

Reprinted with Permission from Deloitte University Press.

The Internet of Things will beckon companies to revise business models, integrate evolving technology, use analytics to create insight, manage security and privacy, and design new organizations.