Automotive http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8207/more en Five Cost-Cutting Powder-Metal Part Designs http://machinedesign.com/metals/five-cost-cutting-powder-metal-part-designs <div class="field-deck"> Can’t decide between machining and 3D printing? Powder-metallurgy techniques might be your answer. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Deciding between machining and 3D printing may point you to powder-metallurgy processes. Powder metal parts are complex so they cut weight, yet they can be produced in large quantities and have proven higher strength and quality over 3D-printed parts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/metals/five-cost-cutting-powder-metal-part-designs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/metals/five-cost-cutting-powder-metal-part-designs#comments Automotive Medical Metals Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 39461 at http://machinedesign.com Designing In-Hub Brushless Motors http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/designing-hub-brushless-motors <div class="field-byline"> Lowell Christensen, Founder, Vice President of Engineering, TruTech Specialty Motors, Plymouth, Minn. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Electric motors formatted to fit inside the wheel of a vehicle have their own special constraints that impact the design of propulsion systems. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In-hub motors have been widely used in bicycles and scooters and are now expanding into small electric transport carts and small recreational vehicles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/designing-hub-brushless-motors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/designing-hub-brushless-motors#comments Automotive Motors/Drives Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:38:00 +0000 39441 at http://machinedesign.com Ford Rouge Factory F-150 Assembly Line Tour http://machinedesign.com/ford-rouge-factory-f-150-assembly-line-tour <div class="node-body link-body">We recently took a tour of Ford's Rouge Factory F-150 pickup truck assembly line in Dearborn, MI. Electronic Design's Bill Wong showcases the highlights from the tour, including the robotic automation involved in assembly and inspection, the "Living Roof", and more.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/Ford%20Rouge%20Factory%20F-150%20Assembly%20Line%20Tour.jpg?1405109736" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/ford-rouge-factory-f-150-assembly-line-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 39201 at http://machinedesign.com Ford Active Glove Box Knee Airbag to Debut on 2015 Ford Mustang http://machinedesign.com/ford-active-glove-box-knee-airbag-debut-2015-ford-mustang <div class="node-body link-body">At the 2014 Go Further With Ford Trend Conference, Sean West talks about the design and engineering of their Active Glove Box knee airbag system that will be debuting on their 2015 Ford Mustang.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/Ford%20Active%20Glove%20Box%20Knee%20Airbag%20to%20Debut%20on%202015%20Ford%20Mustang.jpg?1404830605" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/ford-active-glove-box-knee-airbag-debut-2015-ford-mustang" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:42:00 +0000 39051 at http://machinedesign.com Ford Introduces Jumbo-Sized Five-Row Airbag http://machinedesign.com/ford-introduces-jumbo-sized-five-row-airbag <div class="node-body link-body">At the 2014 Go Further With Ford Trend Conference, Ford was showcasing one of its latest innovations: a 15 foot long side-curtain airbag that will provide protection across five rows of seats in their 2015 Transit passenger wagon.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/Ford%20Introduces%20Jumbo-Sized%20Five-Row%20Airbag.jpg?1404829214" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/ford-introduces-jumbo-sized-five-row-airbag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 39041 at http://machinedesign.com Designing the Instrument Cluster on the 2015 Ford F-150 http://machinedesign.com/designing-instrument-cluster-2015-ford-f-150 <div class="node-body link-body">Cary Diehl, Human Factors Engineer at Ford, shows some of the processes they used and the considerations they had for vehicle operators when designing the instrument cluster on the 2015 Ford F-150 truck. </div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/Designing%20the%20Instrument%20Cluster%20on%20the%202015%20Ford%20F-150.jpg?1404743989" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/designing-instrument-cluster-2015-ford-f-150" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Embedded Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:38:00 +0000 39021 at http://machinedesign.com LED Side Mirror Spotlights on 2015 Ford F-150 http://machinedesign.com/led-side-mirror-spotlights-2015-ford-f-150 <div class="node-body link-body">Taking cues from the spotlights on police cruisers, Ford has integrated LED spotlights into the side mirrors on the 2015 F-150 truck. Pam Tullo, Design and Release Engineer with Ford, talks about their patented technology and some of the scenarios where these spotlights would come in handy.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/LED%20Side%20Mirror%20Spotlights%20on%202015%20Ford%20F-150.jpg?1404743821" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/led-side-mirror-spotlights-2015-ford-f-150" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Embedded Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 39011 at http://machinedesign.com 2015 Ford F-150 Features 360° Camera System with Integrated Washer http://machinedesign.com/2015-ford-f-150-features-360-camera-system-integrated-washer <div class="node-body link-body">It's essential that drivers be aware of their surroundings, especially in a large truck like the new 2015 Ford F-150. To help with this, Ford has included a 360-degree camera system and a uniquely designed integrated camera washer, which comes in handy if the vehicle gets coated in mud.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/2015%20Ford%20F150%20Features%20360%20Camera%20System%20with%20Integrated%20Washer.jpg?1404743674" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/2015-ford-f-150-features-360-camera-system-integrated-washer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Embedded Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:32:00 +0000 39001 at http://machinedesign.com Disguised 2015 F-150 Raced in the Baja 1000 http://machinedesign.com/disguised-2015-f-150-raced-baja-1000 <div class="node-body link-body">While under development, Ford disguised its 2015 F-150 truck as a 2014 model in order to run real-world benchmark testing in the grueling conditions of the Baja 1000 off-road race. </div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/Disguised%202015%20F-150%20Raced%20in%20the%20Baja%201000.jpg?1404396631" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/disguised-2015-f-150-raced-baja-1000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Motors/Drives Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:09:00 +0000 38941 at http://machinedesign.com Ford Uses Robotic Driver for Durability Testing http://machinedesign.com/ford-uses-robotic-driver-durability-testing <div class="node-body link-body">Ford's Jeff Bledsoe showed us how they perform durability testing on their newest transit van at their Dearborn test track. The catch? We were just along for the ride - no one was actually in the driver's seat. They're using an autonomous robotic system to save their drivers from having to endure the physical strain that comes from long hours of testing on rugged roads.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_promo" width="595" height="335" alt="" src="http://machinedesign.com/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/Ford%20Uses%20Robotic%20Driver%20for%20Durability%20Testing.jpg?1404396556" /> </div> <div class="field-link-target"> <span>Open In New Window:&nbsp;</span> No </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/ford-uses-robotic-driver-durability-testing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Motors/Drives Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:08:00 +0000 38931 at http://machinedesign.com