BMW Group plans Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group will invest more than €10 million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Our new Additive Manufacturing Campus will concentrate the full spectrum of the BMW Group’s 3D printing expertise at a single location. 3D printing Manufacturing

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GM using Autodesk generative design software for lightweighting work

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GM is using new generative design software technology from Autodesk to support its vehicle lightweighting efforts. Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. GM is utilizing the innovative technology on future product designs.

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Argonne using machine learning to optimize designing and manufacturing of new products; HD engine simulation presented at WCX

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are developing advanced machine learning techniques with high-performance computing (HPC) to help organizations reduce design time from months to days and slash development costs. This technology can be applied to manufacturing to quickly find the best design for a product or the most efficient production process. High Performance Computing Manufacturing Simulation

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For Greener Manufacturing, Think IAQ

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The next generation of cars will be cleaner and greener than ever—but a lot of the manufacturing processes that go into them are still pretty dirty. From the frame to the muffler, automotive manufacturing still involves welding, cutting, grinding and machining.

ORNL, HTS International to collaborate on manufacturing research; conformal cooling

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HTS International Corporation and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have signed an agreement to explore potential collaborations in advanced manufacturing research such as in conformal cooling. 3D printing Manufacturing

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Bosch opts to outsource battery cells rather than to manufacture; disbanding internal efforts, selling Seeo

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Although Bosch intends to lead the mass market for electromobility that will emerge after 2020, the company has decided that the means to achieving that strategic end does not include manufacturing of the battery cells.

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Siemens reports successful full load tests of additively manufactured CM247 gas turbine blades

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Siemens has achieved a breakthrough by finishing its first full load engine tests for gas turbine blades completely produced using Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology. The project team used blades manufactured at its 3D printing facility at Materials Solutions , in Worcester, UK.

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Ricardo aims to be the niche battery pack manufacturer of choice for premium high-performance hybrids and EVs

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Ricardo said that its recent completion of a full EV sports car battery manufacturing concept program by its Performance Products division is a significant milestone in its aim to become the niche battery manufacturer of choice for high performance hybrids and EVs. Ricardo has an already well-established capability in the design and engineering of electric and hybrid vehicle battery packs and management systems. Batteries Electric (Battery) Hybrids Manufacturing

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GM and Honda to establish industry-first $85M joint fuel cell system manufacturing operation in Michigan

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General Motors and Honda are establishing the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture—Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC, FCSM)—to mass-produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company.

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Millbrook designated RDE testing provider for type approval

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In the UK, Millbrook Group, the leading independent vehicle testing and validation services provider, is designated to provide real driving emissions (RDE) testing on behalf of Dutch approval authority, RDW.

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Audi and EOS start development partnership focused on holistic approach for metal-based additive manufacturing

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Audi AG has started a development partnership with EOS, a global provider of high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions. The design determines the production; not the other way round. 3D printing Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers

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ITM Power to launch 100 MW electrolyzer plant designs at Hannover Messe 2017

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The modular design of ITM Power’s electrolyzer systems enables scale-up. This approach maintains standardization for manufacture while minimizing development and design time when scaling up, the company said. The designs to be showcased include the new 2.2MW unit which is at the heart of the 10, 30, 60 and 100MW designs created for this new market demand. Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Manufacturing

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Honda launches new “Green Path” initiatives for manufacturing and operations; new $210M paint line at Marysville with new 4C2B process

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Honda’s “Green Path” approach, announced during a media tour of its operations in Ohio, seeks: To reduce or eliminate the use of substances of concern (SOCs) and scarce natural resources such as rhodium, palladium and platinum in the design and production of its vehicles.

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DOE awards $1.87M to 7 projects to advance high performance computing in manufacturing

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million to seven projects to advance innovation in US manufacturing through high performance computing. Part of DOE’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program ( earlier post ), the seven new public private partnerships will enable greater collaboration between DOE national labs and the US manufacturing industry. Project will be co-funded by the Vehicle Technology Office and the Advanced Manufacturing Office.

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Stratasys demonstrates next-gen 3D printing for aerospace and automotive manufacturing; partnering with Ford

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the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, will preview demonstrations of next-generation manufacturing technologies at IMTS 2016 (International Manufacturing Technology Show, 12-17 September) as part of its SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT vision for manufacturing.

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BMW Group expands use of additive manufacturing processes in series production; planar technologies

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The BMW Group has been using components from 3D printers in series production since 2012; more than 10,000 additively-manufactured parts are built into the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The advantages of additive manufacturing are visible early on, especially for components with a complicated design.

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Techrules unveils production design of series-hybrid Ren RS with micro-turbine range extender; 330 km/h

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Techrules, a China-based automotive R&D company ( earlier post ) is unveiling the final production design of its Ren RS series-hybrid supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Design and aerodynamics. The wing has been designed by L.M.

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DOE’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program to issue 5th solicitation in January

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The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing ( HPC4Mfg ) program in the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) ( earlier post ) intends to issue its fifth solicitation in January 2018 to fund projects that allow manufacturers to use high-performance computing resources at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. High Performance Computing Manufacturing

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New auto consortium targets material challenges in design, simulation, lightweighting, global manufacturing, and emissions reduction

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At SAE World Congress in Detroit, Granta Design announced the launch of the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium ( AutoMatIC ). Good materials data and effective materials decisions are essential in optimizing product designs for global manufacturing, lightweighting, and emissions reduction.

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Visedo introducing new SRPM motor design for buses; 10% increase in power, better cooling

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Finnish manufacturer Visedo is unveiling a new electric motor design at BusWorld 2017 that is optimized for the bus market and ready for mass manufacture. The new S-model is part of a design upgrade across the entire PowerDRUM line.

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NRC researchers develop additive manufacturing process for fabrication of permanent magnets for electric motors

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National Research Council of Canada (NRC) researchers Fabrice Bernier and Jean-Michel Lamarre have developed a cold-spray additive-manufacturing process to fabricate permanent magnets for electric motors.

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Ducker survey finds aluminum expected to represent 16% of total vehicle weight by 2028; transition to a multi-material design

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This is consistent with the emerging trend of automakers transitioning to a multi-material vehicle (MMV) design approach, choosing aluminum for doors, hoods and trunk lids, body-in-white, bumpers and crash boxes. Fuel Efficiency Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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GM China Tech Day 2013 showcased advanced manufacturing processes, technologies and designs

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This year’s event showcased developments in advanced manufacturing processes, user-friendly automotive technologies and advanced vehicle designs at the ATC. Here, engineers can rapidly produce prototypes of parts and at far lower cost than with traditional manufacturing. This helps them evaluate potential designs and make faster decisions, speeding new products to the market faster.

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DOE to award $35M to 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These projects were selected under an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office funding opportunity, focused on advanced materials, advanced processes, and modeling and analysis tools for materials and manufacturing. Advanced Manufacturing Awards.

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Geely/Volvo awards Maxwell Technologies with ultracapacitor subsystem design win for 2020 model year platforms; mild- and plug-in hybrids

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Maxwell Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of capacitive energy storage and power delivery solutions, announced a technology partnership with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely), the parent company of leading brands such as Volvo and Geely Auto.

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Additive manufacturing company Carbon3D named Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum; work with Ford

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Additive manufacturing (3D printing) company Carbon3D Inc. Carbon3D joins the Technology Pioneers program as the first additive manufacturing company to be selected. The manufacturing time allowed engineers to make design iterations much more quickly than with traditional methods.

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President Obama announces two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes; new manufacturing innovation institute competition

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President Obama announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Department of Defense supported by a $140-million Federal commitment combined with more than $140 million in non-federal resources: (1) a Detroit-area-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, with a focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing; and (2) a Chicago-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities that will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies.

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GKN and GE to collaborate on additive manufacturing

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GKN plc signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE Additive, Concept Laser and Arcam AB to collaborate on Additive Manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) involves taking digital designs from computer aided design (CAD) software, and building them on an additive machine, layer by layer from metal powder. GKN is a global engineering group, operating from more than 150 manufacturing locations in over 30 countries.

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NIST, partners create new international standard to improve sustainable manufacturing

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A public-private team led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a new international standard that can “map” the critically important environmental aspects of manufacturing processes, leading to significant improvements in sustainability while keeping a product’s life cycle low cost and efficient. Manufacturers, as well as software suppliers that provide analysis and modeling solutions, will be the primary users of the new standard.

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Ontario seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered regional rail trains

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The Canadian province of Ontario is electrifying its GO rail network to transform how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and is seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to conventional overhead wires. A number of rail vehicle manufacturers will be commissioned to prepare designs and to demonstrate the impact that incorporating hydrogen fuel cells into bi-level trains would have on the performance of the GO rail network.

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DOE awards $3.9M to 13 projects using high performance computing in manufacturing; Ford, LanzaTech

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million for 13 projects designed to stimulate the use of high performance supercomputing in US manufacturing. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program enables innovation in US manufacturing through the adoption of high performance computing (HPC) to advance applied science and technology relevant to manufacturing.

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Turbomeca introduces additive manufacturing capability for production engine components

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After years of maturation and prototype testing, helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca (Safran) has entered serial production of parts using the latest additive manufacturing (3D printing) process at its Bordes facility in France.

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NIST awards $7.4M in grants for additive manufacturing research

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million to fund two research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for the rapidly developing field of additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a group of new technologies that build up objects, usually by laying down many thin layers on top of each other. Additive manufacturing processes face a variety of hurdles that limit their utility for high-value products and applications. Manufacturing

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Ricardo Consulting in ARPA-E funded project to remove barriers to disruptive technologies in design and manufacturing in automotive

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The traditional automotive business model of passenger car manufacturing requires significant investment in production processes, tooling and assembly equipment. ARPA-E has awarded a grant to Ricardo Strategic Consulting that will enable the company to investigate automotive capital expenditure barriers in detail and explore how novel manufacturing methods could reduce these challenges.

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Borgward to build manufacturing facility in Bremen; all-electric-drive Borgward BX7 first model; Industry 4.0

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The company also plans to manufacture electric and plug-in-hybrid versions of the BX5 series and other models. Construction of the new manufacturing facility is scheduled to begin in early 2017. From the start, Borgward’s Bremen plant will base the technological aspects of its manufacturing system, processes, and equipment on the Industry 4.0 Borgward plans to create an SKD manufacturing facility with a production capacity of up to 10,000 vehicles per year.

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DOE announces $70M for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing; advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $70 million in funding ( DE-FOA-0001263 ) for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the DOE aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50%. Internet of Things Manufacturing Sensors

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DOE to award up to $70M for Manufacturing Institute focused on reuse, recycling and remanufacturing

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The manufacturing sector, a subset of the industrial sector, consumes 24 quads of primary energy annually in the United States—about one quarter of total US energy use and roughly three-quarters of total industrial energy use. Manufacturing Sustainability

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Nissan launches EV battery manufacturing in Smyrna plant

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Combined, the construction of the battery plant and modification of the Smyrna manufacturing facility represent an investment of up to $1.7 This design results in better handling of the vehicle, and it adds another layer of protection to the battery pack. Batteries Manufacturing

Tesla to acquire Grohmann Engineering to boost automated manufacturing capabilities

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Led by founder and CEO Klaus Grohmann, Grohmann Engineering is one of the world leaders in highly automated methods of manufacturing. Several critical elements of Tesla’s automated manufacturing systems will be designed and produced in Prüm. Tesla has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering , a world-renowned engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann Automation.

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DOE announces $3M for high performance computing for manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $3 million for manufacturers to use supercomputers at the department’s national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. In this round, DOE is soliciting proposals in the following primary areas: Proposals that require HPC modeling and simulation to overcome impactful manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity.

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