October 2012

Columns

Notable

Audi in Mexico; Renishaw Equator; Honda welding process; Ford - Going for the One; Steel for Safer Volvo; Valeo's Hybrid4all

Embracing Converged Cadence

Our industry has passed the point of no return with respect to converged cadence of major platforms The next plateau is a reduction in the number of systems between platforms and structures, a process already well underway

On Mfg

Gauges for internal threads; shoulder mills, software for 3D waterjet cutting

Like the Kids in Lake Wobegon

Let’s look at this for a moment People are eating or drinking, speeding, talking on a handheld cell, and/or quite possibly sleeping Yet they think they are safe drivers

Accelerate

3D EV; fluid dynamics; small-scale, functional 3D printing; and more

Feature

Looking at the 2013 Lexus LS

This is more than putting festoons on the flagship A lot more

Redoing the Ram

They started with a refresh and then designed and engineered to an extent that it is well beyond what anyone would ordinarily expect With an eight-speed transmission, there is nothing ordinary about the 2013 Ram 1500

Ram 1500 Chassis Up Close

Just because it works hard doesn’t mean that it can’t be smooth, lighter and provide convenience

Honda Accord: The Ninth Generation

Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation

BMW's Teutonic Technology Overload

BMW introduces the latest versions of the M5, M6 and 7 Series, and launches the Gran Coupe

Solid Edge ST5 Design Software Nails It

Among the “1,300 new customer-driven productivity enhancements” in the latest version of Solid Edge, several stand out