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DeLorean Rolls Out Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 
10/31/2011  50 comments
DeLorean Motor Co., Inc. has unveiled the DeLorean EV, an electric car that marries the legendary "Back to the Future" DeLorean automobile of the 1980s with a lithium-ion-based, DC-powered, electric drivetrain of today.
Is GM's EV1 Still the Best Electric Car Ever?
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2011  40 comments
Some experts believe that the GM EV1 is still better than today's electric vehicles.
Automotive Electronics: Do We Really Need All This Stuff?
Electronic News & Comment 
10/21/2011  36 comments
While EEs are struggling to find ways to simplify electrical architectures, the number of automotive features and functions keeps rising.
Why Did You Become an Engineer?
Wolfe's Den 
10/7/2011  30 comments
Design News asked participants in the LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group why they became engineers.
Monkeys Got to the Spark Plugs on My Mustang GT
Made by Monkeys 
10/4/2011  27 comments
Could changing spark plugs be such a big deal? Apparently it is if the monkeys get to it first.
Customized Coke Machine: Not the Free Choice I Want
Guest Blogs 
10/20/2011  22 comments
The new Coca-Cola Freestyle self-serve soda fountain is advanced technology but perhaps too much of a good thing.
Video: My Chevy Volt Deep Dive
Blog 
10/10/2011  22 comments
The Volt is an astonishing vehicle -- a lot of fun to drive, yet stingy in its use of energy. Whether or not you want to pay more than $40,000 for it depends on your definition of luxury.
GM to Build First All-Electric Car Since EV1
Captain Hybrid 
10/20/2011  21 comments
General Motors quietly resumed its commitment to electric cars last week, officially announcing that it will produce and sell a new vehicle called the Spark EV in 2013.
The Case of the Shocking Stall
Sherlock Ohms 
10/19/2011  20 comments
When the car started to stall during right turns, Sherlock made a shocking discovery.
High-Speed Snowmobile Does Just One Speed Well
Made by Monkeys 
10/24/2011  19 comments
The 1980 Kawasaki 340 snowmobile loves to race. But that's all it loves.
Gadget Freak Case #197: Controlling Solar Water Flow
Gadget Freak 
10/25/2011  19 comments
To make his solar water heater more efficient, Paul Westaway put together a differential controller that turns on the pump when the temperature of the solar panel or woodstove coils is higher than the temperature in the storage tanks and turns off when the temperature is lower.
Oh, No, the O-Rings Aren’t O
Made by Monkeys 
10/12/2011  18 comments
Cutting corners on an oil filter can save pennies while destroying an engine.
The Bosch Spark Plugs Cost Me $1,000
Made by Monkeys 
10/20/2011  17 comments
Bosch park plugs cost this Mercedes owner a ton of troubles. It was the monkeys at work again.
Gadget Freak Jr.: Homebrew Jet Engines
Gadget Freak 
10/27/2011  17 comments
In an aerospace and mechanical technology trilogy, we bring you videos of homebrew jet engine projects including one made via 3D printing.
Stealth Material Cloaks Military Vehicles
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2011  16 comments
Infrared-camoflauging tiles developed by engineers at BAE Systems in Sweden can alter military vehicles' infrared (IR) signatures so that troop carriers could appear to be passenger cars or even blend into the background.
CCA-Treated Wood Ate My Bolts
Made by Monkeys 
10/31/2011  16 comments
Wood treated by Chromated Copper Arsenate can severely corrode steel bolts.
The Case of the Mismarked Resistor
Sherlock Ohms 
10/12/2011  16 comments
Sometime it's the most ridiculous problem that can mess up a prototype -- a tiny, nearly insignificant part.
Steel Fights Back Against Alternative Auto Materials
Green Scene 
10/24/2011  16 comments
The steel industry argues that it is a strong anti-emissions material if you take into account the full lifecycle of a vehicle.
Who Monkeyed With Australia's 'Camry'?
Made by Monkeys 
10/17/2011  15 comments
The a Toyota Aurion (Australia's version of the Camry) comes with at least 11 monkeys.
Slide Chart Helps Find Screws & Fasteners
Mechatronics Zone 
10/25/2011  15 comments
Mark Atkins at Great Innovations has come up with a great way to present frequently-used information about screws and metals in a two-sided slide chart.
How Should Engineers Respond to Tepid US Manufacturing Report?
Wolfe's Den 
10/5/2011  14 comments
What do we make of new Commerce Department figures that say US capital equipment sales increased in August by the most in three months?
Monkeys Messed Up My Boogie Board
Made by Monkeys 
10/6/2011  13 comments
The Brookstone Boogie Board was not everything W. Wallick expected, especially the battery compartment.
Slideshow: Car Electronics, From Dashboard Nav to Autonomous Vehicles
Blog 
10/14/2011  12 comments
In this automotive electronics slideshow, we've corralled developments in automotive electronics, from the advances in collision avoidance to the far-reaching technologies of autonomous vehicles.
Video: Hockey Robot Stresses Sticks With Slap Shots
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/21/2011  11 comments
Hockey Robotics' testing robot takes professional-grade slap shots, helping stick manufacturers more effectively evaluate design tradeoffs around performance and durability.
The Case of the Stuttering Tape Drive
Sherlock Ohms 
10/5/2011  10 comments
When we moved a tape deck into a different part of our building, we started running into a host of problems with the equipment. Call Sherlock Ohms.
What Would You Do With a 6-V Motor, Two Servos & a Battery?
Mechatronics Zone 
10/18/2011  10 comments
Someone should start a robotics competition that challenges kids to build something out of a small DC motor, a 2-channel transmitter and servo receiver, two servo motors, and a battery pack.
Is There a Diamond Machine in Your Future?
Mechatronics Zone 
10/21/2011  9 comments
Researchers at the Sandia Corporation have created complete machines with gears and microscopic transmissions fabricated from microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) systems.
Origo Makes 3D Printing Child's Play
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/25/2011  9 comments
In yet another sign that 3D printing technology is heading for the masses, the Origo prototype targets 10-year-olds with an appliance-like 3D printer package.
ESC: Auto Industry Needs to Innovate
Electronic News & Comment 
10/3/2011  9 comments
An expert panel at the Embedded Systems Conference said automakers need to step up the pace of innovation in energy efficiency, and they will need suppliers to help them do it.
Ford Revs EcoBoost Engine
Green Scene 
10/10/2011  8 comments
Ford has designed a small engine designed to lower emissions while boosting miles per gallon.
Gadget Freak Case #196: Mayan Water Sound Fountain
Gadget Freak 
10/13/2011  8 comments
This waterfall flows over a miniature Mayan temple and the lights respond to the intensity of the speakers.
New Horizons for RFID
Captain Hybrid 
10/12/2011  8 comments
Better chips and new standards are combining to place RFID in applications that no one dreamed of three years ago.
Innovation Spurs Aerospace's Next Generation
Wolfe's Den 
10/14/2011  8 comments
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner isn’t a new airplane so much as an entirely new platform.
The Case of the Crazy Antenna
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2011  8 comments
When radio communications were patchy, it was time to check the antennas.
Washer/Dryer Washes Out
Made by Monkeys 
10/28/2011  7 comments
The Bosch washer/dryer looks great on the outside, but monkeys live inside.
The Card Swiper Swiped My Patience
Made by Monkeys 
10/26/2011  7 comments
The go-card readers in the Australian train stations are designed to drive you mad.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 4S Teardown
Guest Blogs 
10/18/2011  7 comments
UBM TechInsights conducted a teardown of the iPhone 4S and found use of communications silicon and processors from Apple, Qualcomm, Triquint, Samsung, Skyworks, and Elpida.
The Slow Ramp to PLM's Value
Guest Blogs 
10/7/2011  7 comments
While PLM has major potential to improve product development processes, the process improvement and people issues associated with the technology tend to turn deployments into multi-year engagements.
3D Systems Raises Bar on Color Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/10/2011  7 comments
3D Systems' new ProJet 1500 combines support for color with the ability to create high-resolution, durable, plastic parts, bridging professional-quality capabilities with a $14,500 price tag.
Car Connectivity Standard Puts Smartphones in Driver's Seat
Electronic News & Comment 
10/6/2011  7 comments
The Car Connectivity Consortium unveiled an open standard last week that's aimed at making it easier for vehicle head units and smartphones to communicate.
Chevy Trucks Load Up on Internet Connectivity
Electronic News & Comment 
10/19/2011  7 comments
Chevrolet's 2012 Silverado will offer an iPod-sized router to help contractors turn their pick-up trucks into mobile offices.
Siemens Sets FreeTrial for CAD, Sim Tool
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/19/2011  7 comments
Siemens PLM Software launches first-ever 45-day free trial of the Solid Edge CAD and Femap simulation software, hoping a test drive will spark user adoption.
App Transforms iPad Into 3D CAD Mouse
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/27/2011  7 comments
The Maide Control app marries the iPad's multitouch interface with 3D modeling tools, letting users drive CAD with gestures like swiping and tapping.
Multicore Comes to Automotive Powertrain
Electronic News & Comment 
10/25/2011  6 comments
Multicore microcontrollers (MCUs), already popular in safety-related applications, may be about to move into the automotive powertrain market.
ECIA Coverage: Let Your Customers Innovate
Electronic News & Comment 
10/26/2011  6 comments
If your engineering team is looking for fresh, creative ideas, you may need to look no further than your customers.
Cadence Builds MCAD Bridges
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/4/2011  6 comments
With globalization and complexity raising the stakes in semiconductor development, Cadence Design Systems is honing a strategy to integrate MCAD platforms into its design flow to give customers greater control over semiconductor data.
The Case of the Unplugged Orifice
Sherlock Ohms 
10/3/2011  6 comments
The difficulties of an aircraft airflow sensor set up challenges for Sherlock Ohms.
Congo Mining Abuses Prompting SEC Regulations
Green Scene 
10/17/2011  6 comments
On October 18, the SEC will meet to develop reporting rules for conflict materials.
Silicon Careers: Where Are the Jobs?
Blog 
10/13/2011  5 comments
EETimes has prepared the Silicon 60 Career Issue, a searchable digital guide to up-and-coming startups in the global electronics industry.
The Case of the Getting Out of Hot Water
Sherlock Ohms 
10/28/2011  5 comments
The hot water was a problem in ramping up a pharma manufacturing process. Call on the inner Sherlock Ohms.
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