DeLorean Rolls Out Electric Car
Automotive News 10/31/2011 51 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Electronics News 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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