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Video: Robotic Firefighter of the Future
Blog 
10/5/2012  11 comments
The Bulldog RS-1 is a tank-like all-terrain truck that delivers mini robots that can be controlled from a safe distance to spray water on fires.
PTC Quietly Releases Free Mathcad Version
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/29/2012  11 comments
Engineers looking to beef up their stockpile of free design tools should take a peek at PTC's new Mathcad Express, a free, somewhat limited version of its engineering calculation software.
Gadget Freaks That Go Bump in the Night
Gadget Freak 
10/31/2012  10 comments
To get into the spirit, we have pulled together some of our freakishly great Halloween-inspired gadgets.
Plastic Return Containers Speed Automotive Assembly
Engineering Materials 
10/30/2012  10 comments
Closed-loop/reverse logistics systems using plastic return containers, which are fairly common in the auto industry, can even help speed assembly.
Vortex Surfing Technique Conserves Fuel
Blog 
10/24/2012  10 comments
Most people think of surfing as something done on water, but the Air Force is surfing the air to help its aircraft conserve fuel.
3D Printing Stars in Fed-Sponsored Manufacturing Initiative
Engineering Materials 
10/1/2012  9 comments
3D printing and additive manufacturing are now on the radar of the federal government.
Docking Stations Let Sea Robots Recharge Batteries
Blog 
10/30/2012  9 comments
Battelle has developed a docking station where unmanned vessels can recharge batteries and share data with researchers during missions.
Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly
Blog 
10/31/2012  9 comments
MIT researchers have created a prototype of a wearable sensor that can create maps of a person's environment as they move through it. Researchers envision emergency responders using the device to navigate disaster sites.
Implementing '5S' Programs in Manufacturing Facilities
Guest Blogs 
10/26/2012  9 comments
Many manufacturing facilities are following the path toward a "5S" workplace organizational and housekeeping methodology as part of continuous improvement or lean manufacturing processes.
Electrohydraulic Control for Farm Vehicles
Blog 
10/11/2012  9 comments
A lightweight vehicle and electrohydraulic controller help a Manitoba farming operation spray crops in heavy clay and gumbo-like soil.
Undersampling Changes Bandwidths
Mechatronics Zone 
10/19/2012  9 comments
Before you choose a frequency, you should understand how each upper and lower sampling frequency affects aliasing of signals in the 8MHz bandwidth.
Slideshow: Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid Hits the Highway in 2014
Captain Hybrid 
10/9/2012  8 comments
Audi AG says it's getting closer to knowing the configuration of the powertrain and battery cooling system for its new A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which will reach production in 2014.
The Fight for the Perfect Fit
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2012  8 comments
eQuality Tech is using Geomagic to help Fight-Bite cut design time for customized mouthguards from a day to an hour.
Addressing Ergonomics & Repetitive Motion Injuries in Manufacturing Facilities
Guest Blogs 
10/19/2012  8 comments
In today’s manufacturing environment, ergonomics and repetitive motion injuries are major issues that every business must address to insure production levels remain at expected levels, and employee injuries remain as infrequent as possible.
Slideshow: 'MEMS Inside the Machine'
Blog 
10/29/2012  8 comments
MEMS Technology Showcase, being held November 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., highlights "MEMS Inside the Machine."
Slideshow: MCU Fun With SparkFun
Blog 
10/26/2012  7 comments
SparkFun's Department of Education spent an evening in Boulder, Colo., this week, teaching people how to solder a microcontroller.
Sunglass Launches 3D Collaboration Site
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/8/2012  7 comments
Touting project management, social collaboration, and robust capabilities for managing version history, Sunglass has taken the wraps off its cloud-based platform for 3D design.
Driving Efficiency With Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems
Blog 
10/18/2012  7 comments
Hydraulic and pneumatic systems are delivering energy efficiency for plants. Find out more in a Design News Webcast on the topic.
2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
10/11/2012  7 comments
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Interfacing Intelligent Sensors With Industrial Ethernet Networks
Blog 
10/17/2012  6 comments
While Industrial Ethernet has become the kingpin and standard for automation control networks, some devices such as smart sensors and actuators are relying on a simpler, point-to-point communications protocol to save on the cost, size, and complexity that an Ethernet solution requires.
Video: MABEL Mimics Human Gait
Blog 
10/18/2012  6 comments
MABEL is a new humanoid robot developed by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Michigan that can walk and climb stairs like a human.
Simulation Heads for Mainstream Makeover
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/2/2012  6 comments
Readily accessible workstation capabilities and cloud-based functionality are transforming simulation from a specialist function to a routine part of a design engineer's workflow.
A Part Failure, Not a Design Flaw
Sherlock Ohms 
10/22/2012  6 comments
On the surface, it looked as if the scope failed due to a design flaw. Actually, it was a part failure.
SpaceClaim 2012+ Zeros In On Four Areas of CAD Use
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/18/2012  6 comments
Continuing its charter to open up 3D modeling to more uses cases, SpaceClaim Engineer 2012+ adds enhancements in the areas of manufacturing, simulation, concept development, and mesh remodeling.
3D Systems Bulks Up Scanning Piece of Its 3D Vision
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/16/2012  6 comments
In a bid to build out its vision for 3D content-to-print solutions, 3D Systems acquired Raidform, adding 3D scan-to-CAD and inspection software to its burgeoning arsenal of 3D tools.
Design Decisions: Protect Electronic Ballasts in Fluorescent Lamps
Guest Blogs 
10/2/2012  5 comments
A polymeric positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) device can help protect electronic ballasts from abnormal-state operations when fluorescent lamps are reaching their EOL.
Noise Messed With the Automation System
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2012  5 comments
It was difficult to find the problem on the conveyor line until the noise was replicated.
Automated Requirements Traceability & Verification of Software: Who Cares? I Do
Guest Blogs 
10/25/2012  4 comments
Today’s device manufacturers face conflicting demands: Get the product out the door. Minimize development cost. Meet ever-changing customer requirements. Certify your device. The list goes on.
Design Your Own Keynote for DESIGN West
Blog 
10/30/2012  4 comments
Preparations for DESIGN West, the center of the engineering universe, are well underway, and we want to know –- who would you like to hear deliver the keynote address?
Siemens Packs Briefcase of Design Data for Suppliers
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/12/2012  3 comments
The new Briefcase Browser facilitates the exchange of design data between OEMs and suppliers without access to the core Teamcenter PLM platform.
Products to Watch For
Blog 
10/24/2012  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from IAR Systems, LDRA, and Analog Devices that need a little highlighting.
Sourcing New Ball Screw Manufacturers
Guest Blogs 
10/22/2012  3 comments
Here are some key points that designers should be keenly aware of when sourcing new ball screw manufacturers.
Users Drive Innovation in Flash Memory
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2012  3 comments
By challenging engineers to keep innovating to support the best customer experience, users have ensured that voice recognition is moving forward at high speed.
Siemens PLM Software Puts Acquisition Plans in Motion
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/17/2012  3 comments
Siemens PLM Software acquires Kineo CAM in a move that bolsters its PLM suite with motion optimization, collision avoidance, and path planning capabilities for both product design and manufacturing applications.
Undersampling Shifts Signal Bandwidths
Mechatronics Zone 
10/31/2012  3 comments
In some cases, you can take advantage of aliasing and use it with a technique called under-sampling or bandwidth sampling.
Petroski on Engineering: Mobile & Stabile Art
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2012  2 comments
Understanding the background of anything that is designed makes us realize that everything can be connected to everything else.
Products That Should Be on Your Radar
Blog 
10/10/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Banner Engineering, and W. L. Gore & Associates that need a little highlighting.
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