Slideshow: 3D Printers Make Prototypes Pop
CAD/CAM Corner 3/23/2012 30 comments 3D printers are advancing on both the high and low ends of the spectrum, introducing new materials choices, color options, and price points that make the technology far more accessible to mainstream users.
Slideshow: Design Apps for the Mobile Engineer
CAD/CAM Corner 3/15/2012 29 comments There is a growing variety of mobile design tool apps available, providing engineers with on-the-go access to everything from 3D viewing and markup capabilities, to specialized utilities and technical calculators.
Understanding Overload Failures
Guest Blogs 3/23/2012 17 comments Avoiding overload failures is a matter of understanding the forces that act on a part and the properties of the material from which it is made. Things break, but they don't necessarily have to.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
Engineering Materials 3/23/2012 17 comments Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
Engineering Materials 3/16/2012 14 comments A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
SolidWorks Looks Beyond PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 3/1/2012 14 comments Positioning 3D data as the universal language, Dassault/SolidWorks kicked off SolidWorks World 2012 with a vision for collaborative innovation.
Apple’s Siri Springs to Life in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 3/8/2012 14 comments Shapeways’ contest to visualize Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant in the iPhone 4S, shows just how comfortable the general public is getting with 3D printing technology.
Case of the Skewed Chips
Sherlock Ohms 3/6/2012 13 comments The automation was working within specs for chip placement, but it wasn't working as well as it should. A step-by-step look revealed the flaw.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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