Plastics get the blame for Apple's iPhone 5c failure

February 18, 2014 3:48 pm ET

OK, I confess, it was exciting when Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone 5c in September, and design chief Jony Ive called it "beautifully, unapologetically plastic."

Altair launches 2014 Enlighten Award

February 12, 2014 6:46 pm ET

Submissions are now open for the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award, presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research, product design and software company Altair Engineering Inc. has announced.


Dassault helps design US team's 4-man bobsled

February 10, 2014 1:48 pm ET

3-D design software from Dassault Systèmes SA helped the U.S. Winter Olympic team shave milliseconds off the speed of its four-man bobsled, Night Train 2, which is currently competing in the Sochi games in Russia.


The art of provocation

January 22, 2014 2:18 pm ET

One of the roles of design is to provoke. But provoking people so they like it is a tricky and sometimes risky proposition. The art of provocation comes down to subtlety — making the audience feel inspired, not provoked.


Ford's F-150 gets new look thanks to plastics

January 14, 2014 3:51 pm ET

DETROIT — Plastics are about to give Ford Motor Co.'s iconic F-150 truck a distinct design signature.


Plastics assist designers with Chrysler 200 interior

January 13, 2014 5:15 pm ET

DETROIT — Chrysler Group LLC's 2015 200 sedan is intended to be a flagship for the company, showing what is capable in engineering and manufacturing.


Plastic to keep World Cup cool in Qatar

January 3, 2014 12:41 pm ET

PVC is at the heart of a showcase stadium design that was part of Qatar's bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


Design Stories: Telling it like it is

December 9, 2013 3:33 pm ET

We live in an ever-confusing world. The New York Yankees dynasty has been replaced by Duck Dynasty while another baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, looks more like the television show’s bearded stars. Some plastics are billed as glass-like....


Bridgestone upgrades air-free concept tire

December 2, 2013 3:42 pm ET

Bridgestone Corp. has upgraded its "Air Free" non-pneumatic concept tire with improved load-bearing and speed capabilities and reduced rolling resistance.

3-D printing seeing major growth beyond rapid prototyping

November 19, 2013 3:50 pm ET

The use of 3-D printing to make final commercial products continues its decade-long growth trajectory, according to a new report from Wohlers Associates.

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