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Automotive Lightweighting Funding Renewed by White House

Electronics and Test Publish Date: April 26, 2012
The White House has approved $14.2 million of new Department of Energy funding to promote the development of stronger, lighter composites and metals for cars.

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Automation and Control, Electronics and Test, Materials and Assembly, Software and Hardware Publish Date: April 25, 2012
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Slideshow: NPE Plastics Conference Showcases Sustainability

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: April 24, 2012
NPE2012 highlighted many sustainable plastics, some of which are recyclable at the end-product stage, some that are made of recycled materials, and some that are constructed of bio-materials.

Process Allows Plastic to Adapt on Demand

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: April 23, 2012
A process invented by a Duke University engineering team can change the surface texture of a soft polymer from rough to smooth, and back again, in a few milliseconds by changing the voltage applied to it.

Reader Caption Contest: Old Time Factory Floor

Automation and Control, Electronics and Test, Materials and Assembly, Software and Hardware Publish Date: April 19, 2012
Design News readers are asked to submit their captions for a cartoon, as part of our monthly reader caption contest.

Recycled Bottles Used for Heavy Truck Parts

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: April 18, 2012
Recycled plastic bottles have become a PBT resin used to make the brackets of the side air deflection system in heavy trucks.

Slideshow: Young Designers Flex Engineering Chops

Software and Hardware Publish Date: April 17, 2012
From human-powered helicopters to ball-throwing robots, student engineering competitions not only promote STEM education, but they also serve as a platform for innovation for commercial products.

EV Like It's 1910 Again

Electronics and Test Publish Date: April 17, 2012
Will the electric vehicle survive its current round of technological success?

Carmakers Keen on Turning Driver Distraction Into Features

Electronics and Test Publish Date: April 16, 2012
Automakers are adopting consumer interfaces that police drivers who text, dial, and surf the Web.

Autodesk Bets Big on the Cloud

Software and Hardware Publish Date: April 13, 2012
The cloud lies at the heart of Autodesk's 2013 software portfolio for manufacturers, a response, officials say, to a fundamental shift in the way people are conducting engineering and design work.