By Bernard Choi – For Bill Wilson and many Boeing engineers, designing the all-new 787 Dreamliner was a groundbreaking achievement. “We didn’t have a reference airplane to base it on,” Wilson said. “Everything started from scratch.”
But there wasn’t much time to celebrate. Even before the first 787 took its inaugural flight, Wilson and the others were already working on the next member of the Dreamliner family, the larger 787-9. more> http://bwbx.io/DQvC
By Kerry A. Dolan – General Electric Chief Executive Jeff Immelt unveiled perhaps the best-looking electric vehicle charger yet invented at a big marketing shindig Tuesday morning in San Francisco. Called the WattStation, the charger was created by San Francisco designer Yves Behar and his co-workers at fuseproject, his design company. more> http://bwbx.io/t8Zu
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By Gene Quinn – Truth be told, it would be enough for Congress to just (1) stop siphoning off money from the USPTO through fee diversion; (2) grant the USPTO fee setting authority; and (3) stand out of the way. So my message to Congress would be this: put the pocketbook down, slowly step back and raise your hands over your head so we can see them!
Perhaps you are smiling, or even laughing, but for goodness sakes how did it get this bad? As far as I can tell Congress didn’t engage in any meaningful oversight from at least 2001 to 2009 and is so dysfunctional that basic assistance cannot be provided, but raiding of the coffers is on the agenda. more> http://bwbx.io/WSUS
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By Melissa Hincha-Ownby – BMW’s Megacity Vehicle won’t be the first mass-produced electric vehicle on the market, but it will be the first mass-produced vehicle to use a passenger cell made from carbon, specifically carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).
BMW is creating this vehicle from the ground up and completely in-house, using what it calls “the LifeDrive concept.” The company says electrifying its vehicles requires a completely new approach to vehicle architecture and body construction in order to optimize the electric vehicle platform. more> http://bwbx.io/POYq
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By Amy Bunszel – The most practical reason for using a combination of 2-D and 3-D technologies is that 2D is not going anywhere, as it remains critical to manufacturing workflows. In fact, 75 percent of design engineers at manufacturing firms continue to use 2D as part of their daily workflows. While manufacturing, MCAD and consumer products firms have very high rates of 3-D adoption, most continue to run a combination of 2D and 3D. Many of these firms use 3-D design tools, but rely on 2D for shop drawings or to collaborate with outside customers and vendors. more> http://tinyurl.com/266cez8
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