Most Commented Content posted in February 2013
Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
Engineering Materials 2/8/2013
A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 2/26/2013
There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 2/18/2013
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the worldís biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
Army's 'Super Engine' Would Streamline Fuel Use
The US military is looking to bolster fuel efficiency by creating a so-called "super engine" that runs on one type of fuel and can power a number of vehicles, including ground transport, generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
Onshoring: A Trend in Automation?
With automation, companies are able to bring manufacturing back to the US, respond to changing market demands quicker, protect Intellectual Property, and have total quality control.
AC-DC Power Supplies Are Shrinking
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013
Power-supply design trends are clear and dramatic. For the AC-DC supplies, these changes are due to multiple factors combining to yield these more-compact designs. Some of the factors are obvious, but others are not.
Floodlights in the Spotlight
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013
Floodlights provide the bright conditions necessary for nocturnal leisure or industrial activities and can increase security. However, with some lights powered for up to 10 hours a day, electricity and maintenance costs can really add up.
A More Natural Way to Learn
Guest Blogs 2/26/2013
With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
Plasma: A Cut Above the Rest
Guest Blogs 2/1/2013
Whether you are a heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer, or are managing an enormous steel manufacturing project, it's important to choose the right machinery for your needs.
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
Guest Blogs 2/7/2013
When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the objectís presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
Ray Zinn, Silicon Valley's longest-running CEO, shares some of his thoughts on innovation, procrastination, and why you shouldn't put customers first.
Researchers at American University have produced chemically active structures that, not unlike living things, can actually do things on their own without an external power.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
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