Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
Wolfe's Den 2/1/2012 46 comments 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.
Packaging Replaces Plastic With Pulp
Engineering Materials 2/21/2012 31 comments 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 29 comments 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 23 comments 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 22 comments 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 14 comments 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 13 comments 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 12 comments 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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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