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Mechanical Engineering. 2018;140(11):28-33. doi:10.1115/1.2018-NOV-1.

Many economists predict that a combination of higher tariffs and political uncertainty could negatively impact industrial machinery, robotics, automotive, and other industries. A full-scale trade war could create as many losers as winners, even among engineers. Some experts believe a trade war could spur companies to implement technology such as artificial intelligence, automation, and the latest designs in a bid to cut manufacturing costs, and to seek out business opportunities in markets like aerospace. This article delves into how the industry is bracing for the impact of tariffs.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2018;140(11):34-39. doi:10.1115/1.2018-NOV-2.

Inside Arizona State University in Tempe’s lab sit the parts for an artificial tree, capable of extracting carbon dioxide 1,000 times faster than a natural tree. The research team is methodically transforming the process into a machine through which carbon dioxide doesn’t get turned into fruit or roots or tree trunks, as it does with a natural tree, but simply gets collected by resin in a reversible chemical process. This article takes a closer look at the process.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster
Mechanical Engineering. 2018;140(11):40-45. doi:10.1115/1.2018-NOV-3.

The current wave of digital transformation has produced a rapid expansion of engineering simulations across the entire product lifecycle, beginning with digital exploration, continuing to digital prototyping and then operations and maintenance. Simulation software is now more pervasive and increasingly ingrained into the DNA of mainstream engineering. It provides engineers a faster, simpler way to explore and design digitally. This study highlights the dramatic improvements that have been made in various modeling and simulation technologies and facilities.

Commentary by Dr. Valentin Fuster

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