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Titan Puts a New Spin on GE’s Wind Turbine Research

Unlike traditional energy sources, wind is a trouble to tame, which has led GE to turn to advanced simulations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to put the technology on track to cover 12 percent of the world's energy production.Read more...

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Obama Brings Electronics Manufacturing Hub to NC

During today’s visit to Raleigh, North Carolina, President Obama came to North Carolina State University to announce the next manufacturing innovation institute. The “Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute” will bring together six universities and 18 private-sector companies throughout the region to further drive research in next-generation power electronics.Read more...

Engineers Look to Supercomputing to Find Platinum 2.0

As a part of President Obama's Material's Genome Initiative, many researchers have set their sights on developing materials the likes of which we've never seen. But engineers at Duke University are using supercomputers to back a materials project that aims to do just the opposite: find a metal that performs like platinum, but at a lower cost.Read more...

Intel, DeVry Pair Up to Bring Modeling and Simulation to Midsize Manufacturers

Already a number of universities have worked to make relevant courses available to cultivate a bigger, more capable workforce, but these classes can err on the side of abstraction, which has led DeVry University to join up with Intel and offer their own digital manufacturing course of study that’s dedicated to practical skills for the workforce.Read more...

Autonomous Vehicle Future Drives Closer to the Present

Less than a decade after the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) gave the greenlight on autonomous vehicle research, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has driven self-driving cars closer to reality, demonstrating that it’s not a question of if driverless cars will grace our highways and backroads, but when.Read more...

OSC Delivers Simulation App Store for SMMs

At this year’s Supercomputing conference, Ohio made its mark with a $6.4 million public-private initiative designed to bring high performance computing (HPC) to manufacturers of all sizes—particularly to those small-to-medium-sized companies for which the technologies are cost-prohibitive.Read more...

Fortissimo Hopes to Resonate with Manufacturers through HPC Cloud

A consortium of 45 partners have assembled in Europe with the hope of fortifying the international manufacturing marketplace through modeling and simulation tools. After an initial phase of closed testing led by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), the new HPC cloud project is opening its doors.Read more...

Matlab Finds New Playground in Simulation Tools

It’s no secret that going virtual to engineer and test new cars, planes or even consumer products saves money, particularly if it means going through multiple versions of a single design. But at October’s Matlab Expo, software engineers and scientists came together to paint a new image of software as something beyond a mere sandbox: a playground.Read more...

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Local Motors and ORNL Partner for Automotive Manufacturing

1/24/2014 | Local Motors, a vehicle innovator, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced a new partnership that they hope will bring change to the automotive industry.

Robots Showcase Skills at DRC

1/22/2014 | A month ago, the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials (DRC) commenced. The main goal of the event was to aid in the development of robots that will someday respond to natural or even man-made disasters. At this year’s DRC, prototype robots from 16 teams were put through a series of trials in which they were to showcase their skills.

Engineers Develop Microwindmills to Power Electronics

1/17/2014 | Engineers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a new technology that could come in handy when electronic devices run out of power. Their idea stems from a source of power generation that we are all familiar with; windmills.

Nike 3D Prints Super Bowl Cleat

1/15/2014 | With the NFL playoffs drawing to a close, the four final teams are willing to do whatever it takes to defeat their opponent and make it to the Super Bowl. While the players on these teams are some of the best athletes in the world, at some point they must...

Autonomous Vehicles to Utilize NVIDIA’s Tegra K1

1/9/2014 | At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, NVIDIA announced that it’s Tegra K1 mobile processor will be used in autonomous cars of the future. Currently being utilized by the world’s top ten energy-efficient computers, the Tegra K1 has already gained attention in the HPC community.

New-Age Spacesuit Developed for Mars Exploration

1/7/2014 | From box-office hits to television gold like Star Trek, the actors in these films and shows have donned eye-opening spacesuits. The fashion predictions have been entirely off thus far and none have managed to predict what Dava Newman is currently designing for future space explorers.

Elon Musk to Bring Space Manufacturing Under One Roof

12/11/2013 | SpaceX, the space transport company founded and run by Elon Musk, has begun a new endeavor that they hope could transform the space industry.

CMU Hands Curiosity Rover Its Autonomy

12/5/2013 | Back in July, Curiosity, NASA’s Mars rover, began a 5.3 mile journey to Mount Sharp, a 3.4 mile-high mountain in the Gale Crater. However, in late October, the rover completed a two-day drive all on its own thanks to Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and their autonomous navigation software.

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Manufacturing Portal National Launch

Growth and survival in today’s global marketplace requires companies to continue to innovate and improve upon their existing products, processes and services. The Manufacturing and Polymer Portal was established by PolymerOhio, Inc. to meet the needs of manufacturers for access to productivity-enhancing digital tools such as simulation software. Our objective is to provide affordable access to these tools, training in their use and personalized support in becoming proficient in applying these tools.

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Technical Computing for a New Era

07/30/2013 | IBM | This white paper examines various means of adapting technical computing tools to accelerate product and services innovation across a range of commercial industries such as manufacturing, financial services, energy, healthcare, entertainment and retail. No longer is technically advanced computing limited to the confines of big government labs and academic centers. Today it is available to a wide range of organizations seeking a competitive edge.
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The UberCloud HPC Experiment: Compendium of Case Studies

06/25/2013 | Intel | The UberCloud HPC Experiment has achieved the volunteer participation of 500 organizations and individuals from 48 countries with the aim of exploring the end-to-end process employed by digital manufacturing engineers to access and use remote computing resources in HPC centers and in the cloud. This Compendium of 25 case studies is an invaluable resource for engineers, managers and executives who believe in the strategic importance of applying advanced technologies to help drive their organization’s productivity to perceptible new levels.
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