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How Robotic Blacksmithing Could Change Manufacturing Forever

by Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics

It will supersede additive manufacturing and CNC machining for good.

Elon Musk believes that “machines that build the machines” are ultimately more important than whatever it is you’re manufacturing. In his own work with Tesla and SpaceX, it’s clear why Musk says this: He uses less expensive and more scalable processes to build the parts for spacecrafts and cars.

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Investigation clears Tesla for fatal Autopilot crash

by Roberto Baldwin, Engadget

The NHTSA found no defects in the automaker’s Autopilot system

Last May a Tesla Model S ran into a tractor trailer in Florida while in Autopilot mode. The collision resulted in the death of the driver Joshua Brown and prompted an investigation by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Today that government agency concluded its investigation and found no defects with the vehicle’s Autopilot or Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) features.

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An Electric Helicopter Arrives

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica

Martine Rothblatt is not your typical person. She is the founder of Sirius satellite radio and vehicle navigation company GeoStar. When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening form of pulmonary hypertension, Rothblatt formed United Therapeutics to market medication for others suffering from the same disease. Because pulmonary hypertension often requires a lung transplant, she next created a division of her drug company that focuses on developing artificial and transplant-able lungs from pig genetics.

But the helicopters that deliver those artificial lungs are loud and not particularly environmentally friendly, so Rothblatt decided it was time to invent the first full-size battery-powered electric helicopter to deliver the transplant-able organs more cleanly and quietly. Helicopters can burn 500 pounds of aviation fuel every hour, leaving a trail of carbon emissions in their wake. Continue reading An Electric Helicopter Arrives

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