ORNL, Strangpresse sign additive manufacturing patent license agreement

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The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Strangpresse LLC of Youngstown, Ohio, have signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement on a portfolio of ORNL patents related to large-scale additive manufacturing. affiliate, may make, use, or sell the lab’s patented developments of materials, processes and controls that enable the manufacture of parts much larger than current standards. We want to improve digital manufacturing solutions for the automotive industry.

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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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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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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Tesla now 'driving force' behind San Francisco area manufacturing

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Manufacturing California NUMMI Fremont Tesla Motors Silicon Valley assembly plantsElectric-car maker Tesla Motors has had many interesting and unexpected effects in its decade of existence. It's launched a series of electric cars with 200 miles or more of range, which remain—eight years after its first Roadster—the only such cars sold today that can make that claim. Perhaps one of its more unexpected impacts has.

Critical Materials Institute manufactures magnets entirely from US-sourced rare earths

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This ability, paired with CMI’s on-going research work in rare-earth metals recycling, could provide manufacturers alternatives to imported critical materials. The Critical Materials Institute is a Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

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GM and Honda announce executive leadership and board of directors for Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC

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General Motors and Honda announced the executive structure for their recently established joint venture company, Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC (FCSM). Haq and Kosaka will be responsible for operations, overseeing the start-up of the JV and ongoing manufacturing operations. responsible for manufacturing operations of three auto plants and an engine plant in Ohio. Robert Portugaise, Executive Director, Manufacturing Engineering.

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Alcoa unveils major advance in aluminum manufacturing technology; new Micromill targeting future automotive aluminum products

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Alcoa has developed new manufacturing technology—the Micromill—that will produce what the company says is the most advanced aluminum sheet on the market. Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

GKN Driveline to invest $179M to expand NC manufacturing; all-wheel-drive, eDrive

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GKN Driveline will invest nearly $179 million to expand manufacturing facilities in Alamance, Catawba, Lee and Person counties in North Carolina. The investment and new jobs have been added to support growing All-Wheel-Drive and eDrive business for several North American automotive manufacturers. The investment will occur over the next five years and will create 302 jobs.

All New Flyer facilities now capable of manufacturing Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses

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NFI Group), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced that its Anniston, Alabama facility has successfully completed its first full build of an Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric heavy-duty transit bus. The Anniston facility now joins all other New Flyer locations with capability to manufacture the Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric bus, including Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Crookston and St. New Flyer of America Inc.,

Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new Manufacturing USA Institute

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Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. Such process intensification could boost manufacturing productivity while cutting costs and reducing waste.

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McLaren Racing signs new four-year partnership with Stratasys to bring additive manufacturing to Formula 1

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McLaren Racing and Stratasys entered a new four-year partnership under which Stratasys will supply McLaren Racing with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, as the Official Supplier of 3D Printing Solutions to the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. Stratasys will work closely with the grand prix outfit as it ramps up its rapid manufacturing capacity at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, UK.

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Honda of Canada Mfg. to invest $492M in Ontario manufacturing plants; $83.6M in government grants

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will invest $492 million over the next three years to allow the company to modernize its Ontario manufacturing facilities and to improve its manufacturing carbon footprint significantly—part of Honda’s global initiatives. In 1986, Honda became the first Japanese auto maker to build a manufacturing facility in Canada. This investment will also allow for further research and development activities to advance the latest manufacturing technologies.

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Lotus

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Where we stand: March, 2012 Think green cars and chances are that Lotus will be one of the last automobile manufacturers you think of. After all, the British carmaker, now owned by Malaysian car manufacturer Proton, is famous for being the name behind so many sports and racing cars having produced some of the most [.]. Lotus Engineering Manufacturer Spotlight

Manufacturer Spotlight: Peugeot

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Nevertheless, the car manufacturer appears to be making up for lost time now by introducing a host of [.]. Manufacturer Spotlight Peugeot Cars diesel hybrid electric hybrid low emissionWhere we stand: April, 2011 French car maker Peugeot, part of the PSA Peugeot Citroen group, may be the second largest car maker in Europe but its ventures into the green car sector have been comparatively slow.

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

NREL patents method for continuous monitoring of materials during manufacturing; benefits for fuel cell components, semiconductor wafers

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was recently issued a patent for a novel method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during the manufacturing process.

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Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg opens competence center for manufacturing technology and innovation for new production technologies

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It is important that our colleagues are not only prepared for these changes, but that they can also proactively engage in shaping work in the car manufacturing plant of the future. Internet of Things Manufacturing Vehicle ManufacturersVolkswagen has opened a competence center for technology and innovation and its Wolfsburg plant. Volkswagen employees will develop and test new production technologies on-site in the center’s near-production environment.

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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Toyota is embarking on a multi-year plan to realign its manufacturing operations in North America in support of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) ( earlier post ), a comprehensive approach to achieving sustainable growth by making ever-better vehicles more efficiently. As part of this strategy, Toyota will invest approximately US$1 billion to construct its newest North American manufacturing facility in the state of Guanajuato in Central Mexico to produce the Corolla.

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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Manufacturer Spotlight: Hyundai

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Where we stand: September 2010 South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has emerged as the world’s fourth largest automaker on units sold; is considered the world’s fastest growing auto manufacturer; and is already the world’s largest automaker based on profit. Tags: Hyundai Manufacturer Spotlight September

KAIST researchers develop mechanical nanoscale fasteners for fuel cell membranes; lower cost, higher efficiency, easily manufactured

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This opens the way to the development of fuel cell membranes that are less expensive, easier to manufacture, stronger and more efficient. Fuel Cells Manufacturing

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Citroen

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Where we stand: October 2010 French car manufacturer Citroen was the first mass production car company outside the USA and pioneered the sales and service network that complements the modern motor car. Tags: Citroen Cars Electric cars Green cars Manufacturer Spotlight It’s no surprise then to see it among the most influential automakers as the motoring industry enters a new era. In recent months, [.].

Ballard signs $25M deal with Broad-Ocean for manufacture & sales of 30 and 85 kW fuel cell systems in China

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Under the deal, Broad-Ocean will manufacture fuel cell modules in three strategic regions in China, including Shanghai. In each of the three assembly operation locations, Broad-Ocean plans to engage with local governments as well as with bus and commercial vehicle OEMs for deployment of fuel cell buses and commercial vehicles incorporating Ballard-designed modules manufactured by Broad-Ocean.

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Mitsubishi

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Where we stand: July 2010 Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has been in the news after striking a deal with Transport for London to bring four i-MiEV electric vehicles to the nation’s capital (see article). Tags: Mitsubishi achievements electric greenest i miev manufacturer spotlight

Adgero signs €3.5M deal with ultracap manufacturer Skeleton for road freight KERS

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Adgero has signed a €3.5-million (US$4-million) distribution agreement to ensure modules from ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies, are part of its Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) for road freight. The truck company will test the KERS system in a curtainsider trailer—built by one of the largest manufacturers in Europe, SDC Trailers—and to be unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham later this month.

CMU/MIT study finds large-scale battery manufacturing will do little to reduce unit costs past a 200-300 MWh annual production level

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To compute cost, they modeled the process of manufacturing the Li-ion battery pack using a process-based cost model (PBCM) to simulate production operations in a manufacturing plant, using data at the individual machine level for each of the process steps.

Large corporations, manufacturers stick with climate pledges despite Trump

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The new U.S. president, Donald Trump, is working to eradicate every Obama policy to limit the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Having variously called the science behind climate change a "Chinese plot" to hurt the U.S. and referred to it using an expletive for bovine excrement, this shouldn't come as a surprise. He pledged to do. emissions Politics EPA energy policy greenhouse gas climate change Donald Trump

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Schaeffler and DMG MORI expand cooperation to additive manufacturing of rolling bearings

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Schaeffler and DMG MORI are continuing their successful cooperation, expanding it to include the development of additive manufacturing processes for rolling bearing components. Additive manufacturing is a strategic focus in Schaeffler’s development roadmap. This additive manufacturing process is combined with conventional five-axis machining in the hybrid facilities developed by DMG MORI so that the resulting components can be finished immediately afterwards.

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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.

Tesla and Panasonic to manufacture solar cells and modules in Buffalo, NY; 1GW by 2019

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Tesla and Panasonic finalized an agreement to begin the manufacturing of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules at the Buffalo, NY factory. Tesla reaffirmed SolarCity’s commitment to create more than 1,400 jobs in Buffalo—including more than 500 manufacturing jobs.

Group of European electric bus manufacturers agrees on an open interface for charging

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European bus manufacturers Irizar, Solaris, VDL and Volvo have agreed to ensure the interoperability of electric buses with charging infrastructure provided by ABB, Heliox and Siemens. In order to meet the needs of these cities, European bus manufacturers Irizar, Solaris, VDL and Volvo have together with charging system suppliers ABB, Heliox and Siemens agreed to an open, transparent and voluntary approach.

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Juniper forecasts HEV & EV sales to total 17M by 2020; Tesla ranked leading EV manufacturer

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The new study, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: Consumer and Commercial Markets , found that electric car manufacturers are prioritizing range as the key issue. The top ranked manufacturers were: Tesla. Electric (Battery) Forecasts Hybrids Plug-ins Vehicle Manufacturers

Dassault Systèmes and Airbus Group extend collaboration to additive manufacturing

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Dassault Systèmes announced that Airbus Group, after a two-year comprehensive benchmarking process, is extending its use of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to its additive manufacturing programs integrating design, simulation and production. This provides Airbus Group with digital continuity to optimize its conceptual designs by virtually validating each phase of the additive manufacturing process.

GM earns EPA ENERGY STAR Award for Environmental Leadership; energy use per vehicle in manufacturing down 10% YoY

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In the US, GM reduced energy use at its manufacturing facilities by 10% on a per-vehicle basis in 2016 compared to the previous year. Implemented a new energy management system in GM’s non-manufacturing facilities, which saves $2 million annually. Lifecycle analysis Manufacturing SustainabilityGeneral Motors earned a 2017 EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Panasonic establishing JV to manufacture Li-ion batteries in China

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have established a joint venture company to manufacture Li-ion automotive batteries in China. The joint venture company will utilize Panasonic’s technology and knowhow for the production and quality control of automotive batteries to manufacture them for eco-friendly vehicles. Panasonic Corporation and Dalian Levear Electric Co.

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Citroen claims GreenFleet Manufacturer of the Year

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French carmaker Citroen has won the prestigious GreenFleet Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year award, in recognition of its extensive range of fuel efficient and fleet friendly vehicles.

Chevrolet Corvette takes lead with lighter manufacturing

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Take one look at the Chevrolet Corvette (pictured) and you''ll probably think of power and performance before green technologies: however, this stunning sports car is being built very much with the environment in mind.

Ford, LG Chem team reports 1st cradle-to-gate LCA for mass-produced battery pack in commercial BEV; cell manufacturing key GHG contributor

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Cell manufacturing is the key contributor accounting for 45% of the GHG emissions. LG Chem in South Korea provides the cells, while Piston Group in Michigan manufactures the final pack.

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Carbon-Negative Replacement For Cement Traps CO2 During Manufacturing

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The Portland cement that acts as the glue in concrete is actually a major source of carbon emissions, due to the intense heat required to manufacture it. You may be aware of your car''s carbon footprint, but what about the emissions related to the concrete structures it drives over?