Most Commented Content posted in February 2012
Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
Wolfe's Den 2/1/2012
The unusually anthropomorphic automatons coming out of Japan raise this question. We asked participants in our Systems & Product Design Engineering and Automation & Control Engineering groups on LinkedIn what they think.
LEDs Light Up Dodge Dart
Electronics News 2/6/2012
The new Dodge Dart uses 152 LEDs to form a ruby red "racetrack" around the trunk, tail lights, and rear decklid.
Packaging Replaces Plastic With Pulp
Engineering Materials 2/21/2012
Procter & Gamble has replaced 57 percent of the plastic in its Gillette Fusion clamshell/tray package with moldable wood pulp, also dropping 20 percent of package weight.
3D Printer Takes Paper-Based Approach
CAD/CAM Corner 2/1/2012
An Irish firm is offering a printer that employs ordinary paper to create 3D models, along with a novel pricing model that charges for print service plans, not hardware.
MEMS in Sports
Guest Blogs 2/9/2012
MEMS in sports is such a hot topic that MEMS Industry Group – a partner of Sensors in Design (part of Design West Summit) – will showcase it at next month’s conference.
iPad Controls Flying Video Game
Engineering Materials 2/9/2012
The Parrot AR.Drone could form a design platform for machine vision and military apps with a little imagination and some hardware upgrades.
Buying the Logic of Safety
Guest Blogs 2/6/2012
Blogger TJ McDermott recently completed an industrial system requiring a fair amount of safety logic because of its different zones. He looks at each iteration, and lists the cost of each.
Slideshow: Social Side of CAD
CAD/CAM Corner 2/21/2012
Traditional CAD vendors and new startups are bringing a social side to traditional design tools, inspiring new ways of collaboration, and fostering the development of more innovative products.
Autodesk iPad App Animates Lego Dragon
CAD/CAM Corner 2/29/2012
Autodesk is teaming up with Lego to promote the benefits of animated 3D instruction manuals via a proof-of-concept iPad app that’s powered by the Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer.
DMDII is working with a number of partners to create and utilize augmented reality instructions for the plant floor.
Visualization and virtual reality tools allow design engineers to build virtual prototypes that can be manipulated collaboratively. You can swap out materials and store data within the file.
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Autodesk and Siemens PLM have reached an agreement to create seamless integration between their design software files.
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