Automotive Materials

Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.

Bentley Bentayga Mulliner: Crystal & 600 hp

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 09, 2017 at 5:29 AM

For those of you who are not up on your 18th or 19th-century British history, you may not know that in 1897 HJ Mulliner established the coach building firm H.J.

Pieces of Plastic

March 07, 2017 at 9:46 AM

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

Ford Copies Nature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 24, 2017 at 6:35 AM

As Nature (yes, capital N Nature) has done a pretty good job of designing things, it is somewhat surprising that Man (ditto) doesn’t follow Nature’s lead more often when it comes to designing objects.

Hybrid—Not What You Think

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 23, 2017 at 6:23 AM

When you think “hybrid,” you probably think something like this: But that’s not what equipment supplier KraussMaffei thinks.

Mercedes, Ahoy!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 17, 2017 at 5:48 AM

This, of course, is a boat: But it is not just any boat, it is the Cigarette Racing Team 50' Marauder AMG, introduced this week at the Miami International Boat Show.

Building Bikes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 03, 2017 at 5:26 AM

According to the folks at Sculpteo, a 3d printing and engineering services company based outside of Paris, they built what they describe as “the first ever fully functional bike created using digital manufacturing.” To prove that this is a real bike, not a booth exhibit, the two designers of the bike, Alexandre d’Orsetti and Piotr Widelka, rode it from Las Vegas, where it had been on display at CES, to San Francisco, where Sculpteo has a facility.

Hyperloop in Central Europe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2017 at 6:21 AM

While looking into Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, it came to our attention that last May the company announced that a “base technology” for its system--which will have a capsule containing people that will be propelled through a pylon mounted tube--is “Vibranium,” which it describes as a “smart material specifically developed for the Hyperloop application.” We thought that it was a material that was specifically developed for the Marvel Universe, though we may be wrong. (For an interesting look at vibranium vs. adamantium, we’d like to call your attention to a piece that appeared in Machine Design last year, as well, which you can see here.) But the Hyperloop Vibranium was created with help from a company with carbon-fiber composite capability, C2i of Slovakia.

Lexus on Land and at Sea

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Last week in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, Lexus debuted the 2018 Lexus LS 500, the fifth-generation of company’s flagship sedan: This is an all-new car, based on the Lexus GA-L architecture, which, according to the company, is the stiffest in its history, providing a basis for handling, smoothness and quietness.

FCA Opens the Door to The Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2017 at 7:20 PM

FCA introduced a high-tech concept vehicle today, the Chrysler Portal, at the event previously known as the “Consumer Electronics Show,” now simply CES.

The Aluminum Line

January 03, 2017 at 3:49 PM

Big Numbers & Light Ones

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 14, 2016 at 5:25 AM

Forged aluminum wheels for trucks—as in Class 8 trucks, for example—are evidently big business.

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro tiptronic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 07, 2016 at 6:28 AM

Here’s something important to know about the 2017 Audi Q7 as it is a vehicle that seats seven and, consequently, is likely to carry passengers: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded it with the Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is the highest possible rating from IIHS for 2016.