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Rob Spiegel

Blog
15 Great Hacker Movies
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
9/19/2014  9
The 1985 movie, War Games, introduced Matthew Broderick. The film also introduced hacking as a thriller weapon. Unlike early robot movies that tended to the B side, Hollywood's ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

News
Stratasys Buys GrabCAD to Strengthen 3D Design Business
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
9/19/2014  1
In a move that strengthens its 3D design business, Stratasys continued a 15-month buying spree this week by announcing its plan to acquire GrabCAD, a provider of a cloud-based ...

Dave Palmer

Guest Blogs
An Engineer's Understanding of 'Feature-Advantage-Benefit'
Dave Palmer, P.E.
9/19/2014  3
This summer, my company had a major product launch. It was an exciting event. The Evinrude E-TEC G2 is a revolutionary new direct-injection two-stroke outboard engine. My fellow ...

Randy Smith

Guest Blogs
Automotive Subsystems & Network-on-Chip Technology
Randy Smith, Sonics Inc.
9/19/2014  1
Many diverse markets take advantage of semiconductor IP; so many that no one can recite the entire list without leaving off several. So why do we track all the vertical markets? ...

Adam Berger

Gadget Freak
Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
Adam Berger
9/18/2014  10
Have you ever needed an extra synth for a concert? Maybe you just enjoy fiddling around with music production software, and you need a midi controller? Well, look no further than ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Product News
Altair HyperWorks 13 Focuses on Performance, Composite Design
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
9/18/2014  2
Altair has released a major update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation suite that includes hundreds of new features focusing on four key areas of product ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Stratasys Reveals Latest Multi-Materials 3D Printers
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
9/18/2014  1
At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM ...

Cabe Atwell

Blog
DARPA Hopes to Heal Soldiers' Bodies & Minds With Brain Microchip
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
9/18/2014  7
DARPA is at it again with another project that is both astounding and terrifying. The agency is developing a microchip that will be inserted in every soldier's brain, with the ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
Class Provides Introduction to MCU Software Development
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
9/18/2014  6
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller (MCU), then you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software ...

Kudos
Features

Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
9/8/2014
 4
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.

A Look at Specialty Coatings for Bearings
9/5/2014
 0
Here's a look at some newly developed specialty coatings for bearings and how they can help keep machinery up and running as intended.

The Rise of Constructable BIM
9/4/2014
 1
Constructable Building Information Modeling -- It's an interactive 3D blueprint. It's everyone using the same set of plans. It's designing a building virtually. It's no longer just a tool for architects and design engineers.

Eco-Friendly Packaging Wraps Products in Natural Designs
9/3/2014
 5
While sustainable packaging is still in its early stages, there's a fair number of companies already offering options for the food service and manufacturing industries. Meanwhile, designers are coming up with some innovative ways to create biodegradable and sustainable packaging for food products.

Automotive Structural Adhesives Drive Material Changes
9/2/2014
 0
As high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites join steel in automobile structures, bonding them gets complicated. Structural adhesives are stepping in to add strength to rivets or welds and make possible bonds that can't otherwise be done.

Medical Combination Pouching System
8/29/2014
 0
Automation controls maximize the precision manufacturing of medical pouch seals, minimize material waste, and improve system accuracy through better data management.

Simulating the Release Mechanism in Drug-Eluting Stents
8/28/2014
 2
Engineers at Boston Scientific are revolutionizing medical device designs. Their recent simulations of drug-eluting stents provide an understanding of the drug release mechanism by tying experimental findings to a computational model.

The Ins & Outs of Conveyor Innovation
8/26/2014
 1
Recent trends in conveyor design and accessories are leading to increase throughput and productivity in equipment. While the most common type of conveyors are straight-line, many other designs are now becoming commonplace in plants.

Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar ...
The Easy Way to Control a Robot
Daymon Thompson of Beckhoff Automation uses Google Glass to ...
Gadget Freak Case #262: Boat Lift ...
Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs ...
Gadget Freak Case #261: Dr. Seuss ...
Colorado State University students have created a Dr. Seuss ...
Gadget Freak Case #260: Arduino Solar ...
This solar charge controller, which is placed between a ...
Gadget Freak Case #259: Gag Bomb ...
This Hollywood movie-style gag bomb doubles as an alarm ...
Gadget Freak Case #258: Memory Wire ...
Marin Davide created a prototype of a moving biped using a ...
Gadget Freak Case #257: TempBug -- ...
You can put this thermometer anywhere with WiFi and collect ...
Low-Profile Retaining Rings
Smalley Hoopster® Rings fit into shallower grooves than ...
Gadget Freak Case #256: Yoga Breathalyzer
The yoga breathalyzer is a breath visualization tool that ...
Gadget Freak Case #255: Touch-Sensitive ...
Roshenac Mitchell's aim for the project was to aid the ...
Motor/Gearhead Extend Applications
Micromo is pushing its components into some innovative and ...
Gadget Freak Case #254: Motion ...
Don Lutz created blinking animatronic eyes to animate a ...
Piezo Motor With Integrated Encoder
The new LR-17 rotary motor, offered with an integrated ...
Gadget Freak Case #253: Peltier ...
Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it ...
Gadget Freak Case #252: Animated ...
Al Linke's animated weather display uses a Rasberry Pi to ...
Gadget Freak Case #251: Billiards Ball ...
William Grill needed a counter to play a game of call shot, ...
Nordson EFD Dispensing Solutions
See Nordson EFD’s fluid dispensing systems in action.
Gadget Freak Case #250: DIY Flexible ...
Marin Davide created a flexible thermochromic display that ...
Fueled by Innovation
Proto Labs has become the world’s fastest provider of real ...
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Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar to play with his band.
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Dick Bipes couldn't find a boat lift remote with the specs he wanted, so he created his own for ...
Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; ...
This Gadget Freak Review looks at a keyless Bluetooth padlock that works with your smartphone, ...
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This solar charge controller, which is placed between a solar panel and a battery, regulates the ...
'Space Kid's' Design to be 3D-Printed on ISS
The “Space Kid,” 11, will be one of the first civilians to have his design manufactured in ...
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5 More Tips for Engineering Students
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares more top advice for new engineering students. He ...
5 Tips for Engineering Students
Materials engineer Dave Palmer shares his top advice for new engineering students; he wishes ...
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A battery management system to support an electric motorcycle lithium-ion battery pack took ...
Washing Machine Refuses to Clean Clothes
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Defective Solderless Breadboard Causes Confusion
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Wiring Causes Constant Problems
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Bad PCV Valve Takes Driver on Rough Ride
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Homebuilt Mower Is Better Than a New One
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Bad Bug Spray Baffles Engineer
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
Always Inspect the Fuses
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
Early Morning Sparks New Idea
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
Sap Interferes With Cell Reception
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System Lockup Stumps Engineer
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