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Building Construction with 3D Printing

Since 3D printing is being used for applications in a variety of industries, how feasible is it for the construction industry? If you ask researchers at MIT, they are likely to tell you 3D printing has immense potential for the construction industry. MIT researchers have designed a system that can 3D print the structure of […]

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IoT Fits in Aerospace

How well does IoT fit in the aerospace industry? IoT is a natural fit according to Intelligent Aerospace. The aerospace industry depends on the use of sensors and handheld devices as well as connected electronics systems focused on network-centric data capture, communication and storage. These are prime enablers for IoT. In fact, aerospace organizations who […]

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What is the Real Impact of Automation?

With all of the recent advancements in automation whether due to robots or computerization/artificial intelligence, how will the workforce be affected? There seems to be a difference in opinion depending upon whose research you consider and how the research was conducted. For example, some research uses an occupation-based approach to gauge impact while others use an […]

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The Appetite for Electric Vehicles

Is the momentum of electric vehicles (EV) increasing or leveling off in the automotive world? The following events should provide an indication. Jaguar introduced its first all-electric vehicle. Jaguar said its new concept, the I-PACE, is expected to deliver 516lb-ft of instant torque, 400 HP and 0‑60 mph in around 4 seconds. Tesla entered into […]

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World’s Largest Solar Energy Project Targets Nevada

What type of progress is being made in solar plants? Ask SolarReserve LLC, a privately-owned energy company in California. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Santa Monica-based organization announced plans this month to build the world’s largest solar energy facility in Nevada. It is a $5 billion concentrating solar power (CSP) plant which gathers and […]

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Space Taxi Progress at SpaceX and Boeing

Two NASA astronauts just completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost, according to Reuters. Since grounding the shuttle fleet in 2011, the United States has been dependent on Russia […]

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Volkswagen Joining Tesla in Electric Vehicle Market

In order to help recover from its diesel emissions difficulties and focus more on faster-growing market segments, Volkswagen is shifting its focus to include electric vehicles and autonomous driving. Volkswagen’s forecasts suggest that electric vehicle sales will be between two and three million units in 2025, equivalent to between 20 percent and 25 percent of […]

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Smart Manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Smart manufacturing and the fourth industrial revolution (a.k.a. industry 4.0) have been mentioned in public forums and the media quite a bit. This month, President Obama announced that a Los Angeles-based team was selected to lead a new smart manufacturing hub bankrolled with $140 million in public-private funds. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been talking […]

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Q1 2016 U.S. Construction Trends

As we progress through 2016, there are some construction trends worth considering. According to financial and professional services firm JLL, global economic struggles will eventually affect business and construction demand in the U.S. However, the U.S. construction industry saw a strong start to 2016 despite global concerns. Overall construction costs are rising as building costs, […]

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Aerospace Industry Embraces 3D Printing

The aerospace industry continues to look for ways to use more 3D printing technology in its manufacturing process. This technology, also known as additive manufacturing, involves building physical objects one layer at a time, using digital models and special material deposition devices. Today’s 3D printing machines have come a long way in a short time […]

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