Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 1/26/2012 39 comments Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
Ford Recycles CES Plastic for Car Seats
Engineering Materials 1/27/2012 24 comments Ford and Unifi, maker of Repreve, will gather and recycle 2 million plastic bottles at CES and other shows for conversion into the Repreve seat fabric used in the 2012 Focus EV.
Gadget Freak Case #203: Smart Recycle Can
Gadget Freak 1/17/2012 19 comments This recycler determines the type of material being entered, by scanning it in or entering it via a touchscreen; and an RC servomotor opens the trash flap, dropping the material in the can.
Chevy Volt Beefs Up Battery Safety
Captain Hybrid 1/10/2012 18 comments General Motors said it will beef up the battery safety structure, add a sensor, and install a bracket in the Chevy Volt to prevent the type of post-crash fire that occurred in a Department of Transportation garage last year.
MEMS Gains Respect at CES 2012
Blog 1/19/2012 14 comments As the MEMS industry spans a myriad of industries and markets, the future of MEMS in consumer electronics will enable a myriad of functionality, applications, and personalization.
Jack 7.1 Explores Human Side of Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 1/17/2012 14 comments With the latest release of its Jack human simulation modeling software, Siemens PLM is aiming to make it easier to conduct ergonomic and safety studies on the manufacturing floor and beyond.
PLM Startup Targets Efficiency
CAD/CAM Corner 1/11/2012 11 comments Positioning itself as the anti-PLM, Kenesto is readying a cloud-based process automation tool that aims to bring efficiencies to manufacturers' product development processes.
MEMS Will Set the World on Fire
Blog 1/6/2012 9 comments Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) were in focus at the Seventh Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, with the news that the US has a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing in nano- and, to some extent, microtechnology.
Virtually Perfect Pumps PLM 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 1/10/2012 8 comments PLM veteran Michael Grieves's new book, Virtually Perfect, shines a spotlight on how manufacturing giants like Boeing and Apple are driving innovation and efficiencies through virtual product development.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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