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The Top Automotive Companies Using 3D Printing

When it comes to automotive manufacturing, 3D printing is becoming more prominent. In fact, 3D printing and cars have a long history that’s only becoming deeper. At the moment, you’re not likely to get a car which has been made completely by any additive manufacturing companies, although there are some niche vehicles which are.

The mainstream automotive industry is adopting 3D printing in varied and more limited ways, but it’s still becoming a more integral part of making cars. It’s also important to note that automakers sometimes guard manufacturing techniques, and some automakers openly talk about them.
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The Biggest Challenge For Autonomous Cars

There’s plenty of hype in the media about autonomous driving technology. Quite a bit of this is fueled by the eager press releases and slick marketing copy produced by automakers and tech companies, which are trying to please investors and excite the public. There’s a problem with this dynamic because it isn’t entirely honest about how difficult reaching Level 5 autonomous tech will be.

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The German Auto Industry Is Looking Shaky

Germany, the birthplace of the modern automobile, has long held quite a bit of power in the car world.  In fact, 80 percent of all luxury vehicles sold globally are from German brands. It wasn’t that long ago Volkswagen boasted in all of its ads of the German engineering that goes into its vehicles. If you haven’t noticed, the auto industry is in a bit of a transformational moment, if by “bit” I mean a complete overturning of pretty much everything. Read the rest of this entry »

The Carpocalypse Is Coming

You likely have at least some sense of big changes coming to the automotive industry. Most people know about Tesla, but other young startups, plus a plethora of other companies are in the process of disrupting our personal transportation options. As a result, we’re about to see what I term the Carpocalypse.

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Whatever Happened to the Station Wagon?

If you’re old enough to remember the Brady Bunch, even when the show was in re-runs on network TV, you probably spent at least some time riding in the back of a station wagon, like the fictional family. The station wagon from my childhood wore a Ford badge and faux wood paneling, making it resemble a log with wheels, and I thought it was pretty cool. My dad had a different opinion.  

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