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From Prototype to Production A Case Study of the Evolution of a Design

  Lean Machine pioneered the technology for affordable low-inertia resistance exercise in the home-user market.  Exploring the various stages of Lean Machine’s development will highlight the interrelationship of technology, design, manufacturing, and marketing.  Corporate strategy and identity also play key roles, both in the types of products a company develops, and in the way in which a particular product idea is…

Wright Brothers’ Conquest of the Air: A Celebration of Human Achievement

“For some years, I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money, if not my life….” Wilbur Wright Barely 3-1/2 years after Wilbur Wright penned those words to Octave Chanute, the Wright Brothers’ 1903 “Flyer” lifted…

Electromatic Drive Transmission in EV Application

An Experimental Approach to EV Speed Control by Robert Q. Riley    Urba Electric was the first application of the Electromatic Drive in an electric car. And even today, the potential of this transmission in EV application has not been fully explored.  In order to understand the signifigance of this first experiment with the Electromatic Drive it helps to mentally…

Transportation Energy and Impacts on Our World

by Robert Q. Riley Author of: Alternative Cars in the 21st Century At the beginning of the 20th century many of the world’s densely populated cities were facing near runaway environmental problems.  But in those days it was called “sanitation” and the effects were mostly localized. In New York City, for example, horses were polluting the streets with 2-1/2 million pounds…

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Benefits, Challenges, and Technologies

Electric cars have been around since the inception of the automobile. But in the early race for dominance, the internal combustion engine (ICE) quickly won out as the best power system for cars. Although the electric power train was superior in many respects, as a source of energy, the battery was no match for the high energy content, ease of…

Re-Birth of the Wright Brothers’ 1902 Glider

Retracing the Footsteps of Giants “If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds….”  Wilbur Wright By transcending human limitations, the Wright Brothers opened the door to new capabilities and ushered in new ways of thinking and new ways of being for all the world’s inhabitants.  When the powered Flyer…

The Dynamic Stability of Three-Wheeled Vehicles in Automotive-Type Applications

  by Robert Q. Riley with tilting three-wheeler contributions by Tony Foale The idea of smaller, energy-efficient vehicles for personal transportation seems to naturally introduce the three wheel platform.  Opinions normally run either strongly against or strongly in favor of the three wheel layout.  Advocates point to a mechanically simplified chassis, lower manufacturing costs, and superior handling characteristics.  Opponents decry…

Product Design & Development

The Generic Process for Developing New Products Provides a Roadmap from Conceptualization and Design to Market Positioning and Strategy A Professional Approach to Product Development Product development is the process of creating a new product to be sold by a business or enterprise to its customers.  In the document title, Design refers to those activities involved in creating the styling, look and…

The Role of Appearance Models and Mockups

A Case Study of the ARRIS Design ARRIS is a computerized medical imaging system developed at Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, LLC.  It won the NewMedia Gold Award (End User Category) and Award of Excellence.           An award-winning design rarely emerges from good mechanical design or esthetics alone. More often, it is the result of overall design integrity, or…

The Power of Design

Visionary Vehicle Design Can Create  New Products, New Appeals, and New Markets Condensed from “Alternative Cars in the 21st Century” by  Robert Q. Riley  “In truth, the ideas and images in men’s minds are the invisible powers the constantly govern them.” John Locke        The world is facing a growing crisis with transportation energy use.  Developing regions are rapidly emerging…

Valuable Internet Resources

  Welcome to our listing of specially selected resources on the Internet.  If you are interested in any of the subjects of this website, you will likely find helpful and interesting resources on this page. Alternative/Sustainable Energy The American Hydrogen Association: The American Hydrogen Association (AHA) is a non-profit association of individuals and institutions who are dedicated to the promotion of…

Modern CAD Technologies for the Home Craftsman And Students

Cutting Edge Technology that Makes Your DIY Projects Easier, Better, and Quicker ….and a powerful teaching aid   By Robert Q. Riley  Having done product design and development the old fashioned way, there’s nothing like today’s 3D CAD technologies and modern computer-driven fabrication.  They visualize the finished product just as it will appear in real life without what we used…

Abrasives: An Overview of Different Abrasives and Their Uses

by Robert Q. Riley The lady in the image above is using a die-grinder with an abrasive wheel.  You might use something like that for cleaning up sloppy welds.  When you’re talking about abrasives, however, you’re usually talking about sandpaper, not die grinder or chop-saw cutting wheels. Interestingly, sandpaper contains no sand, and it may not have any paper. The technical name…

Solar Hybrid XR2 Wins Race

College in South Australia Builds Solar/HPV Hybrid XR2 and Wins First Place in Category in 2001 Australian World Solar Cycle Challenge      A Solar Cycle team at Prince Alfred College in South Australia built a hybrid XR2 for competition.  In its first race, the Australian World Solar CycleChallenge 2001, the XR2 took first place in “B-Class” and third place overall.  …

Automobile Ride, Handling, and Suspension Design and Implications for Low-Mass Vehicles

by Robert Q. Riley  When carried to the extreme, today’s emphasis on automobile mass reduction has significant implications for vehicle ride and suspension design. We therefore review traditional automobile suspension systems and offer comments on the special considerations of suspension systems of extremely low-mass passenger cars. The ride and handling characteristics of an automobile center on the characteristics of the…

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