August 1, 2022
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Major manufacturers such as Boeing, Caterpillar, General Electric and Goodyear are turning more to 3D printing, such as Goodyear manufacturing airless tires for Tesla as a test. "We're using additive manufacturing for higher-end, ultra-high performance tires that require much more complexity, and in smaller lot sizes," said Chris Helsel, senior vice president, global operations and chief technology officer at Goodyear.
Full Story: CNBC (7/31) 
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Aerospace
Rep. Aderholt gives speech on NASA space priorities
Aderholt (Tom Williams/Getty Images)
Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., said NASA should prioritize nearly a dozen "critical markers," such as establishing a human presence on the moon, in order to compete with China's space ambitions. "In this new era where the United States is being challenged across every sector, our American space enterprise cannot afford to lose focus or momentum," Aderholt said during a recent conference. Aderholt sits on the House appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA.
Full Story: SpaceNews (7/31) 
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The Federal Aviation Administration has given Boeing the green light to resume deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner. American Airlines is likely to be the first airline to receive one of its fuel-efficient, long-haul aircraft since deliveries paused a year ago.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (7/29),  The New York Times (7/30),  The Associated Press (7/30) 
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Automotive
Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley provided more details on the automaker's plans to pivot to electric vehicles, including a projection to manufacture 600,000 EVs annually by the end of next year. "We have an opportunity as we go digital with these EVs, to simplify our body engineering and put the engineering where customers really care," Farley said.
Full Story: CNBC (7/31) 
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Apple hired Luigi Taraborrelli, who had previously worked for Lamborghini for 20 years, to lead the design team for Apple's electric vehicle. Apple is reportedly designing a self-driving EV without a steering wheel.
Full Story: DesignTAXI (8/1) 
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Heavy Duty / Commercial Vehicle
Nikola announced a deal to acquire Romeo Power, which makes battery packs used by Nikola in its electric heavy trucks, for $144 million in an all-stock transaction. Experts say the move gives Nikola, which had been the largest customer of Romeo, more control over its supply chain.
Full Story: CNBC (8/1) 
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Smart Cities
New technology that uses connected-car data and digital twinning can give a real-time picture of traffic situations. Experts from HERE, Iteris, WSP and Bentley Systems talk about the technology in a webinar.
Full Story: Traffic Technology Today (UK) (7/29) 
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Workforce Development & Leadership
Subject matter expertise is important, but so are soft skills such as adaptability, savvy conflict resolution and effective time management, writes Melissa Rosenthal of ClickUp. "The hard truth about soft skills is that they matter -- a lot," Rosenthal writes.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (7/31) 
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