Most Commented Content posted in November 2011
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Malibu Headlamp Replacement Necessitates Bumper Removal
Made by Monkeys 
11/23/2011  65 comments
If you want to change the headlamp on the Chevy Malibu, get ready to take apart half the car.
Would You Buy a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt?
Wolfe's Den 
11/2/2011  59 comments
We asked members of Design News's Systems & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn whether they're ready to embrace electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
Engineer's Toy Becomes a Profession
Electronics News 
11/30/2011  46 comments
Paul and Carol Flack started Bridge Street Toys to resurrect the engineering toys he remembered from his childhood.
Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Electronics News 
11/21/2011  42 comments
Engineers from General Motors say fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
Ford to Jog Drowsy Drivers With Lane-Keeping Tech
Electronics News 
11/14/2011  35 comments
If you're one of the 40% of Americans who say they've nodded off at the wheel, then Ford Motor Co. may have news that will jump-start your next moonlight drive.
Slideshow: BMW Busting Out With All-Electric; Sports Hybrid
Automotive News 
11/15/2011  35 comments
The luxury automaker BMW Group will go green in a big way in the next three years, rolling out purpose-built pure electric and hybrid-electric cars that will make heavy use of carbon fiber materials.
US Army's Boot-Based Energy Harvester Lightens Soldier's Load
Guest Blogs 
11/21/2011  34 comments
Sustainable power sources are high on the Pentagon’s must-have list of soldier technologies. One promising concept is biomechanical energy harvesting.
Electric Vehicles: How Far Have We Come in 100 Years?
Automotive News 
11/8/2011  29 comments
To get a sense of how far the electric car market has come, it's instructive to read "Foreign Trade in Electric Vehicles" on the New York Times Website.
Ghost in the (LG) Fridge
Made by Monkeys 
11/28/2011  28 comments
Whenever something breaks on this refrigerator, it somehow fixes itself.
Would You Vacation With Your Customers to Build a Better Product?
Electronics News 
11/18/2011  26 comments
Do you trust your customers to help you innovate? For most design engineers, the public answer is most likely "yes." The reality, though, may be a little more nuanced than that.
The Case of the RF Disturbances
Sherlock Ohms 
11/23/2011  25 comments
RF disturbances can stretch for miles, throwing electronics haywire.
Changing the Oil? Check That Seal
Made by Monkeys 
11/22/2011  24 comments
When the motorcycle started sliding through the turn, it was clear the oil seal wasn't holding.
Standard Solar Cofounder Talks Rooftop Panels
11/22/2011  24 comments
Standard Solar co-founder Lee Bristol talks about photovoltaic panels and how he started his business.
Is Social Media Hurting STEM?
STEM Connection 
11/28/2011  24 comments
Is social-media uptake hurting the education of the STEM generation?
Dish Network DVR Pushes My Buttons
Made by Monkeys 
11/3/2011  23 comments
The Dish Network DVR/receiver is crawling with annoying bugs.
When Mechanicals Outlast the Electronics
Guest Blogs 
11/7/2011  23 comments
Electronic touch screens and entertainment components will wear out well before the vehicle does. What do we do about that?
Rockwell: Ethernet's Momentum in Automation Is Unstoppable
Electronics News 
11/22/2011  22 comments
Ethernet's move to the industrial automation space is gaining momentum, as engineers make the conversion from the fieldbuses of the 1990s to networks that unify the front office and factory floor.
Automotive Infotainment Grows Up
Automotive News 
11/16/2011  20 comments
The in-car PC is gone, but in-car connectivity is back – better and safer than ever.
Mystery of the Failing Ignition
Sherlock Ohms 
11/14/2011  20 comments
Sometimes a manufacturing flaw can take 27 years to finally cause consternation.
Case of the Non-Magnetized TV Magnet
Sherlock Ohms 
11/17/2011  20 comments
Sometimes the most obvious component -- the one you would never check -- is the one that is failing the system.
Short, Happy Life of GM LEDs
Made by Monkeys 
11/1/2011  19 comments
Two different GM vehicles suffered the same early LED burnout in the life of one frustrated car owner.
Gadget Freak Case #199: Nixie Millivolt Meter Clock Add-On
Gadget Freak 
11/28/2011  18 comments
When James Hartnett found a Nixie, a tube for displaying numerals, he instantly decided that he needed to make a clock.
Backwards PCV Valve Broke My Car
Made by Monkeys 
11/11/2011  18 comments
One simple and inexpensive PCV valve -- if it's defective -- can destroy your engine.
Petroski on Engineering: Made in Japan
Guest Blogs 
11/30/2011  18 comments
According to Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski, Japan may not be a leader in prize-winning science, but it certainly is a force to be reckoned with in consumer products.
Solyndra Seeds Doubts About Photovoltaic Manufacturability
Guest Blogs 
11/4/2011  18 comments
The real lesson in successive crashes at Solyndra, Beacon Power, and First Solar may be that designers are not keeping issues of practicality and manufacturability paramount.
Slideshow: Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet Mini-Teardown
11/18/2011  18 comments
The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet presented a tough packaging and assembly challenge, as revealed via this mini-teardown courtesy of iFixit.com.
Chevy Volt Battery Fires Arouse Investigations
11/30/2011  17 comments
Are the lithium ion (LiOn) battery used in the Chevy Volt and the car's charging stations involved in recent battery fires?
An Engineer's Alphabet of Thoughts on Design
11/8/2011  17 comments
Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski offers his unique list of technically oriented A to Z definitions.
Don’t Disintegrate My Mercedes Wiring Insulation
Made by Monkeys 
11/16/2011  16 comments
There's something hot about the wiring in the early 1990s Mercedes.
Photovoltaics Evolve Amid Cost Challenges
Guest Blogs 
11/17/2011  15 comments
The evolving solar photovoltaic (PV) market presents numerous challenges to design engineers.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Fly Via Additive Manufacturing
11/17/2011  15 comments
Aerospace applications are the fastest-growing sector for direct laser sintering (DLS).
Machine Vision Advances Showcased at Stuttgart Conference
11/15/2011  14 comments
Medical applications supported by machine vision will be showcased November 8-10 at the Vision 2011 conference in Stuttgart.
Slideshow: CAE Goes Mainstream
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/17/2011  14 comments
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) features such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) are no longer arcane tools just for highly trained specialists. They're becoming accessible to mainstream engineers via inclusion in mainstream CAD programs.
Japan Defense Ministry Spins Flying Spherical Robot
11/11/2011  14 comments
Engineers from Japan's Ministry of Defense demonstrated what they called the "world's first spherical flying machine" at Digital Content Expo 2011.
Slideshow: Autonomous Vehicles Leave the Driving to... Themselves
Automotive News 
11/3/2011  13 comments
Our gallery spotlights the self-driving cars developed to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) annual Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race.
Case of the Failing Thermistors
Sherlock Ohms 
11/30/2011  12 comments
Thermistors were failing by the handful. The contract manufacturer had to find a fix and prove the fix to the customer.
3D Inspection Cutting Automotive Defects
11/18/2011  12 comments
3D machine vision techniques are taking on an increasing role in automobile production lines in a bid to up overall production quality and cut defects.
Slideshow: 3D Printing & Prototyping Takes Off
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/1/2011  11 comments
Thanks to technological advances, ease-of-use functionality, and far lower price points, 3D printing is fast becoming a prototyping and design resource for smaller manufacturers as well as hobbyists.
Composites on Boeing 787 Dreamliner Heavily Researched
11/3/2011  11 comments
Much of what's known about the composites used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes from research by the federal government.
Case of the Tricky Water Pressure Switch
Sherlock Ohms 
11/9/2011  11 comments
This Sherlock was a tad too quick to identify the problem. The penalty was $75.
Gadget Freak Case #198: Build a Remote Fan Control
Gadget Freak 
11/9/2011  11 comments
Andy Morris has devised a propeller fan remote control that doesn’t require line-of-sight, which makes it easier to use in the dark. The gadget comes with off/on, three fan speeds, and multicolored LEDs to indicate the fan’s speed.
Dassault Bridges Mechanical, Electrical Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/10/2011  10 comments
Dassault Systèmes acquires Elsys, a maker of electrical engineering tools, taking an important step in bridging the worlds of mechanical and electrical design.
Smartphone's Next Role: Reducing Highway Fatalities
Electronics News 
11/1/2011  9 comments
Smartphones could reduce highways fatalities by running vehicle-to-vehicle communication applications.
Gadget Freak Jr.: Manned Electric Helicopter
Gadget Freak 
11/4/2011  9 comments
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's an ultralight helicopter running via DC motors and lithium-ion batteries.
Industrial Distributors Face Integration Challenge
11/8/2011  9 comments
Distributors in the industrial, automation, and mechanical engineering sectors are having to adapt to changing requirements among customers as engineers try to differentiate their designs through performance boosts, faster manufacturing cycles, and the need for easier maintenance.
How Many Interfaces Does Machine Vision Need?
11/10/2011  7 comments
More camera interfaces for machine vision exist today than since the very beginning of machine vision.
Slideshow: Garmin GPS Teardown
11/7/2011  7 comments
Design News' sister company, UBM TechInsights, examined the Garmin GTU 10, a relatively small GPS tracking device.
Top 10 Design Principles
Guest Blogs 
11/3/2011  7 comments
With practice, these principles become transparent in a design.
Siemens Steps Up Composites Game
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/16/2011  7 comments
Siemens snaps up Vistagy, a specialized composites design tool maker, as part of its industry strategy and as a step towards building a broader, end-to-end product development platform.
Keep Your Eye on Donut Opportunities
Mechatronics Zone 
11/22/2011  7 comments
Our mechantronics blogger opines on entrepreneurs who fall lose sight of the overall problem and fix their vision on something unimportant.
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