AWD as Needed from GKN

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 22, 2017 at 6:09 AM

This is what the GKN Driveline all-wheel-drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles—it is a scalable architecture—looks like: The system is designed so that when a vehicle is in steady-state cruising the clutch system disengages the rear section of the driveline.

Ford’s Approach to Additive Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Although 3D printing has become something that is hip an almost artisanal among the digital cognoscenti and within the maker movement, there is the set that contains 3D printing as a subset—additive manufacturing—which is something that is being pursued in earnest by a number of mass manufacturers in order to achieve parts and products the likes of which would be difficult if not completely impossible to produce with conventional methods.

Simulating Motorcycle Handling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 17, 2017 at 5:50 AM

Although this may appear to be a rather sophisticated video game, it is actually what’s claimed to be the “world’s first vehicle dynamics grade” driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulator for doing things like creating chassis setups.

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AAH #369: Ford Goes Further with 3D Printing. News Topics: Ford 3D Printing; Dr. Data; CAFE/EPA: Good or bad for Detroit? PSA/Opel: A Euro-Asia play or implications for USA? Intel's big play in autonomy: "Intel Inside" stickers for cars? Special guest: Ellen Lee, Technical Leader, Additive Manufacturing Research, Ford. Panel: Gary Vasilash, Automotive Design & Production; Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research; Mike Martinez, Automotive News.

Feature Simulating Injection Molding Gets Even Better

March 22, 2017 - Lawrence C. Boyd, Jr.

New injection molding software can simulate—and analyze.

Feature Pieces of Plastic

Notable developments and uses of polymers, from turbochargers to oil pans to...yes, the Batmobile.


France Opens Probe into Alleged FCA Diesel Emission Violations

A prosecutor in Paris has opened an investigation into allegations that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV manipulated diesel emission tests on some of its vehicles.