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Most Commented Content posted in June 2011
Do Tough Employer Words Presage Better Engineering Employment?
Wolfe's Den 
6/24/2011  33 comments
Siemens says there's a war for talent out there and they've got 3,000 highly skilled jobs to fill.
Was Electric Car Poll Biased?
Captain Hybrid 
6/24/2011  25 comments
Fifty-seven percent of Americans said they wouldn’t consider buying an electric vehicle, no matter the price of gas.
Welcome to the New Design News Community
Wolfe's Den 
6/23/2011  22 comments
Our elegant redesign belies our underlying purpose–it's all about enabling you to interact with your peers and our editors.
My Daughter’s Saturn SL2 Was Made by Monkeys
Made by Monkeys 
6/27/2011  12 comments
A recommendation to a new driver that she buy a Saturn backfired when the car repeatedly broke down.
Give Automotive Composites Another Chance
Guest Blogs 
6/28/2011  11 comments
Composites dramatically reduce weight in cars, but they face many problems, ranging from design inertia to lack of understanding of the processing technology.
Finally We Get Some Truth on Plastic Body Panels
Blog 
6/28/2011  11 comments
Automotive legend Bob Lutz divulges why he ditched plastic body panels in the General Motors Saturn.
Gadget Freak Case #188: Rocket Controller Goes Wireless
Gadget Freak 
6/23/2011  10 comments
Here's a wireless way to launch a rocket.
The Unintended Consequences of Design
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2011  9 comments
There are tools that can help minimize the unintended consequences of design decisions.
The Case of the Shocking-Hot TV Cables
Sherlock Ohms 
6/24/2011  9 comments
The cables running to your TV are not supposed to give you a startling shock. When you get zapped by one, it's time to call Sherlock.
Engineers Need to Think More Creatively
Blog 
6/30/2011  9 comments
German engineer Sylvia Monsheimer says that additive manufacturing technologies free engineers from the burden of worrying about manufacturability.
There's an App for That in AutoCAD 2012
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/29/2011  9 comments
A new Apps Tab in AutoCAD 2012 lets users access and purchase companion apps and content directly within the 2D CAD tool.
Siemens Surging Into Services
Wolfe's Den 
6/30/2011  8 comments
Siemens's new Customer Service Division will enable it to reap the rewards of lucrative consulting and engineering services revenue streams.
Monkeys Designed My Cub Cadet
Made by Monkeys 
6/29/2011  8 comments
The 1998 Cub Cadet comes with a couple surprises. The seat assembly is bolted to fracture-prone sheet metal, and the design monkeys also got to the clutch.
Monkeys Designed the Bosch Counter-Top Fridge
Made by Monkeys 
6/23/2011  8 comments
Bradley P. Miller purchased a new counter-top depth Bosch Refrigerator. It was a full-featured model with ice maker, through-the-door dispenser, and touch-panel controls. About two years after the purchase, he found a small piece of plastic in the bottom of the glass I had been drinking from. Monkeys!
Gadget Freak Case #189: The Microcontroller-Operated, Pneumatically Actuated RLD
Gadget Freak 
6/27/2011  8 comments
A microcontroller-operated, pneumatically actuated doorbell... or a "Really Loud Doorbell."
The Case of the Dying AA Battery Cells
Sherlock Ohms 
6/27/2011  7 comments
A 30 percent rejection rate at a AA battery assembly line created a case for Sherlock Ohms. He discovered the problem had been occurring sporadically for two years.
SCADA: The Next Secure Generation
Blog 
6/23/2011  7 comments
Security concerns help drive new SCADA systems vastly different from earlier industrial-control networks for power plants, water systems.
Bikinis & Blintzes: The New World of 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/24/2011  7 comments
As 3D printing hits the fashion circuit, the N12 bikini shows what's possible as the technology becomes mainstream.
Solid Edge ST4 Melds Direct, Feature-Based Modeling
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/30/2011  6 comments
With the release of Solid Edge ST4, Siemens PLM Software continues to infuse direct modeling capabilities further into the CAD tool, extending the synchronous workflow with new feature types and modeling capabilities.
Award-Winning Packages Feature Pulp, Cloth
Blog 
6/27/2011  6 comments
Bulrush fibers and mushrooms are among the emerging materials of choice for America's leading package designers.
What Are Asian Designers Thinking of Now?
Guest Blogs 
6/27/2011  6 comments
Add the first after-lunch sonic toothbrush to the design diversity coming out of Asia.
Has Nissan Leaf Set Electric Car Paradigm?
Wolfe's Den 
6/27/2011  5 comments
As all-electrics gain ground, the flood of drive-train component suppliers entering the market could resemble that of the early days of the auto industry.
Monkeys Made the Rain Trough on My Van
Made by Monkeys 
6/24/2011  5 comments
Monkeys made the rain trough on the '96 Chrysler Town and Country. When the drain gets plugged with debris, the water spills into the vehicle – after passing over something that makes it boiling hot.
Typewriter as keyboard
Gadget Freak 
6/6/2011  5 comments
The Dreamliner: It Was Too Big To Fail
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2011  5 comments
LaHood: 'No Reason For Facebook In The Car'
Electronic News & Comment 
6/2/2011  4 comments
A Blast Through the Recent Gadget Freak Past
Gadget Freak 
6/28/2011  4 comments
Gadget Freak e-book is an attractive display that is full of fun.
The Case of the Seismographic Readouts
Sherlock Ohms 
6/29/2011  4 comments
A top-of-the-line air bearing, linear motor, fully mechanically decoupled video cmm had an intermittent issue where the X and Y readouts started jumping around. Call in Sherlock Ohms.
Why Isn't Embedded Design More Innovative?
Wolfe's Den 
6/28/2011  4 comments
We asked the Systems & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn what needs to change with embedded systems for real innovation to occur.
Analog Integration Is Still a Healthy Design Activity
Blog 
6/29/2011  4 comments
The death of two analog design leaders has sparked loose talk about the end of on-chip analog integration. In reality, analog design is still in its early stages.
AVR Studio 5 Includes Sensor Driver Code
Mechatronics Zone 
6/28/2011  4 comments
Atmel has simplified life for engineers, programmers, and product designers with AVR Studio 5.
Siemens Instrumentation Hits the Road
Wolfe's Den 
6/29/2011  3 comments
Siemens is taking its instrumentation and process technology on the road in a 53-foot tractor-trailer that'll tour the US.
The Case of the Slow Cable
Sherlock Ohms 
6/23/2011  3 comments
Jake Brodsky ran into twinaxial cable trouble while installing a new sewer treatment plant. Time to turn to Sherlock.
Dr. Watts, There’s a Ringing in My Head
Sherlock Ohms 
6/28/2011  3 comments
A company that manufactures magnetic memory products found a lot of its disk heads were ringing at about 6MHz upon shutoff of write current. Time to call in Sherlock.
Altium Fleshes Out EDA Data Management Strategy
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/23/2011  2 comments
On the heels of its milestone Designer 10 release, Altium is aiming to fill a gap in electronics design with its new series of Vault enterprise data management platforms.
From Treasure to Trash
Blog 
6/1/2011  1 comment
How Chris Jordan's art can help engineers see their work differently.
Modeling and Simulation for Motor Selection
Mechatronics Zone 
6/3/2011  1 comment
Why trajectory planning, system modeling and control design are essential.




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