April 20, 2021
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Airbus is focused on improving designs to achieve cost efficiency and better performance in additively manufactured aircraft parts, says Hauke Schultz, the Additive Manufacturing Roadmap leader at Airbus. In this interview, Schultz shares what Airbus has learned about the technology, the challenges it presents and the role it will play in the future.
Full Story: ASME (4/20) 
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The European Union has launched a bioengineering project to harness additive manufacturing to reduce the need for highly invasive surgeries for its aging population. Engineers hope to use integrated modeling and experimental data to inform the design of patient-specific implants.
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Innovations & Trends
BMW announced plans to build electric vehicles with solid-state batteries, joining other automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota in backing the technology. "By the end of the decade we will have an automotive-grade solid state battery for use in our car series," said BMW's Frank Weber.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (4/19) 
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The US Air Force has released conceptual drawings of the F-22 fighter jet successor being developed by Lockheed Martin under the Next Generation Air Dominance program. The program is speeding up development cycles by using digital engineering and agile software development.
Full Story: Aerospace Manufacturing (UK) (4/19) 
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Siemens will upgrade its factory automation efforts through data collected by Google Cloud and Google's artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Manufacturers are predicted to gain from their use of Siemens' Digital Industries Factory Automation offerings.
Full Story: Electronics Weekly (UK) (4/19) 
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Vessel operators and offshore wind operations and maintenance crews can use data derived from advanced monitoring systems on workboats to reduce health and safety risks, writes BareFLEET creator Chris Huxley Reynard of Reygar. Reynard discusses ways to use vessel data, including determining whether conditions are safe for crew transfers.
Full Story: Windpower Engineering & Development (4/19) 
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Hybrid Tiger drone stayed aloft for 24-plus hours powered by solar panels in a demonstration by the US Naval Research Laboratory. This is the longest flight demonstration for the aircraft.
Full Story: FlightGlobal (U.K.) (4/19) 
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Leadership & Development
High-schoolers engineer help for peers with disabilities
Engineering students at an Ohio high school are taking on real-world projects to help peers with special needs. A group of students rewired some toys, including a toy pig, to make them easier for a 3-year-old, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, to play with, and modified a face shield to meet the needs of a fifth-grade student who has Down syndrome and autism.
Full Story: The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model) (4/18) 
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The York County Manufacturers Association in Pennsylvania is launching a new robotic apprenticeship program. Officials say the program will prepare students for in-demand jobs in a growing industry.
Full Story: WHP-TV (Harrisburg, Pa.) (4/16) 
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