Additive Goes Racing

The Dimension 1200es—one of the three additive machines used by Joe Gibbs Racing to produce prototypes, jigs and fixtures, and end-use components for the four NASCAR teams it campaigns. (Note: this is not the actual machine in use at the shop in Henderson, NC, but the type of machine. Someone with keen eyes might discern […]

Design Aesthetics Meet Performance

Related Topics: Automotive Design Related Suppliers DMG MORI Design aesthetics meet performance in this lathe, the G-07, from DMG MORI WASINO ( The first aspect is clear from the exterior lines. The second is found in the specs. Consider: the lathe achieves a dimensional accuracy of 3 μm even from a cold start and it […]

Direct from the Cloud: Quality Management Documentation

InspectionXpert OnDemand for CAD automatically creates balloons in inspection drawings, captures inspection values, and generates quality inspection reports. Although it’s a cloud-based program, it works on source files that are kept locally, such as CAD models and Word documents. Quality inspection documentation is yet another example where cloud-based computing and software as a service (SaaS) […]

Engineering the 2016 Chevy Volt

Prev Next Image The 2016 Chevy Volt is all new inside and out. There is a new propulsion system that addresses a customer desire: extended all-electric range: 53 miles. The car is rated at 106 MPGe. (And when the stored electricity runs out? The vehicle has a total range of 420 miles, as it is […]

Ford Focuses on the Future of Mobility & Manufacturing

Prev Next Image Ford’s MoDe:Flex electric bicycle can fold in half and fit in most any Ford vehicle, where it also can be charged with the proper equipment. The center frame assembly carries the battery, and can be mated to unique front and rear sections that allow it to become a road bike, mountain bike […]

Making the Case for Lithium-ion Batteries

Prev Next Image VW hopes its investment in QuantumScape will speed creation of a production-ready version of Stanford University’s all-electron battery. Used in a vehicle like the eGolf, it could more than triple range to 430 miles with no increase in battery pack size. Dr. Prabhakar Patil, CEO, LG Chem Power, thinks lithium-ion batteries will […]

Quality Tools

Related Suppliers Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, LLC Mitutoyo America Corporation Renishaw Inc. Accurate. Very Accurate.   Let’s face it: sometimes good isn’t good enough. Nor is better. Not even best. Sometimes you have to go beyond, especially when it comes to some ultra-precise work. (Think only of the molds that are being made for lenses […]

Still Scion After All These Years

Prev Next Image While the large grille opening for the Scion iA is somewhat controversial for being, well, so imposing, Scion head Doug Murtha says that those who participated in clinics for the car and who liked the vehicle said that one of the reasons is the styling. iM deputy chief engineer Kunihiko Endo: “Our […]

Technical Developments out of Friedrichshafen & Beyond

Prev Next Image Smart Parking Assist allows the driver to control the vehicle from a smart watch running the Android operating system. Thanks to the vehicle’s self-parking capability, it is possible that autonomous parking will permit greater parking density in a given area, thereby improving overall land use. What you can’t see is that this […]