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The Microwave Door Refused to Open
Made by Monkeys 
6/27/2013  85 comments
The material to support the microwave's latch was not sufficient. Consequently, the latch failed.
DOE Tool Compares Gasoline to Electricity Costs
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2013  79 comments
If you've ever wondered how much it would cost to drive to work using electricity as a fuel, the US Department of Energy has an answer for you.
Slideshow: From Aston Martin to DeLorean, the Best Movie Cars
Captain Hybrid 
6/24/2013  71 comments
Cars have played a significant role in films throughout movie history. We highlight some of the best.
Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?
Blog 
6/28/2013  61 comments
The network security challenge in a world where everything's connected.
The Range Had a Shocking Design Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
6/12/2013  52 comments
The brand new range came with a design flaw that delivered a nearly 100 percent chance of failure.
Energy-Harvesting Shock Absorbers Coming to a Car Near You
Blog 
6/14/2013  48 comments
Now that solar and wind harvesting technologies are a thriving market, researchers are seeking other environmentally related energy sources for which they can create harvesting devices.
Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Blog 
6/12/2013  46 comments
Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Sulfur-Based Battery Outperforms Lithium-Ion in Tests
Blog 
6/17/2013  44 comments
A new battery design, which replaces lithium with abundant and low-cost elemental sulfur, is still in its nascent stages but shows real promise for giving batteries more energy potential.
3D Printing With Sugar
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/5/2013  43 comments
A California-based couple has found a way to use a 3D printer and granulated sugar to make intricate, edible geometrical decorations.
Metals 3D Printer Gets a Smaller Footprint
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2013  42 comments
Optomec has downsized its highly sophisticated 3D printing process for metals and made it available in a smaller machine -- the new 450.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 
6/11/2013  41 comments
Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
Student Team Designs Solar-Powered Wheelchair
Blog 
6/4/2013  39 comments
A solar-powered wheelchair designed by students in UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science won first place in a contest held in conjunction with last year’s World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Natural Gas Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
6/26/2013  37 comments
Natural gas vehicles are expected to grow more popular over the next few years, with worldwide numbers reaching 35 million by 2020.
Slideshow: Watch Out, Hobbyist 3D Printing – Here Comes DIY Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2013  37 comments
A $1,500, hand-operated, bench-model, plastic injection machine crowdsource-funded via Kickstarter can be used to mold small, quality, plastic parts inexpensively, on demand.
Are Product Demographics Pushing the Limits on Privacy?
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/4/2013  32 comments
IMRSV tailors advertisements to passersby. Is privacy at stake in the digital age?
ZAP! Another ESD Casualty
Made by Monkeys 
6/5/2013  32 comments
Watch out for the ESD -- it's electrifying.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Diesel Diet
Captain Hybrid 
6/27/2013  31 comments
With automakers like Chevy and Volkswagen under pressure to boost fuel efficiency, diesel engines are beginning to look like a good bet.
Video: Robot Searches Burning Buildings
Blog 
6/28/2013  31 comments
A firefighting robot rides on two wheels with a stem a few feet high carrying stereo cameras and other sensors. It can record and map thermal data and on a 3D scene constructed from images taken by the cameras.
Feds Launch Metals Lightweighting Institute
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2013  31 comments
The federal government is launching competitions to kickstart three more manufacturing innovation institutes, including one focused on Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation.
DuPont Lightens Up
Engineering Materials 
6/27/2013  30 comments
DuPont has been working with auto manufacturers to refine some of its high-performance engineering plastics, and even invent new ones. It's all being done in the name of lightweighting vehicles and improving performance.
Feds: Autonomous Cars Not Ready for Prime Time
Electronic News & Comment 
6/7/2013  30 comments
In response to rising interest in autonomous vehicles, the federal government has called upon states not to authorize operation of self-driving cars, except for the purpose of testing.
Culture Changes Drive Auto Design
Blog 
6/13/2013  30 comments
Siemens PLM has pointed to climate change, urbanization, and the aging population as its guidelines in automotive design decisions.
Sparks Fly Over Bad Oven Design
Made by Monkeys 
6/14/2013  30 comments
The schematic told the truth about a bad over wiring design.
Don’t Knock the LED Candle Over
Made by Monkeys 
6/19/2013  30 comments
When an artificial product is manufactured to match its real-world version, some qualities should be reviewed and discarded.
Sensor Detects Diabetes by Breath
Blog 
6/26/2013  28 comments
A new sensor developed by chemists at the University of Pittsburgh can tell someone if they have diabetes via a breathalyzer test.
Outsourcing Booms in Medical Manufacturing
Blog 
6/25/2013  27 comments
Because of its highly complex nature, manufacturing in medical devices has not seen a lot of outsourcing. That is changing significantly.
Video: Students Develop Tornado-Seeking Drones
Blog 
6/10/2013  27 comments
An unmanned aerial vehicle under development at Oklahoma State University can penetrate severe thunderstorms, including the supercells from which tornadoes can develop.
Gadget Freak Case #242: A Gadget's Call for Assistance
Gadget Freak 
6/18/2013  26 comments
Andrew Morris designed a circuit that could detect a stroke victim's groan and convert the sound into a signal so caregivers would know when help was needed.
To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
Electronic News & Comment 
6/10/2013  25 comments
A new book by Thomas Edison's great-grandniece takes on the notion that he was a lone-wolf inventor and replaces it with an image of a man who ascribed great value to the ideas of colleagues.
Bulging Capacitors & Thoughtless Design
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2013  23 comments
A failed capacitor is one thing, but finding out it failed because of thoughtless design requires the investigative powers of Sherlock Ohms.
NASA's 'PhoneSat' Program Points to Satellites of the Future
Guest Blogs 
6/18/2013  22 comments
On April 21, NASA launched a novel project, putting into orbit three satellites that employ an off-the-shelf commercial smartphone as the control system.
Can’t Get a Good Fix on the Dryer
Made by Monkeys 
6/20/2013  21 comments
If the dryer weren't so poorly designed, it would be easier to fix the design problems.
Bioplastic Injection Molding Grade Is Compostable
Engineering Materials 
6/19/2013  20 comments
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
Blog 
6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
Twisted Traces' PCB Services Are Made in the USA
Blog 
6/28/2013  18 comments
Twisted Traces is a US company making PCBs at overseas prices.
100-Percent Solar Plane Flies High on Advanced Materials
Engineering Materials 
6/13/2013  18 comments
The 100-percent solar-powered Solar Impulse plane flies on a piloted, cross-country flight this summer over the US as a prelude to the longer, round-the-world flight by its successor aircraft planned for 2015.
Clothespin Pulls Double Duty as Alligator Clip
Sherlock Ohms 
6/25/2013  18 comments
When it comes to sophisticated test equipment, sometimes a clothespin can take you to a new level of accuracy and usefulness.
Misconceptions About 3D Printing
Blog 
6/3/2013  18 comments
Brand director Rich Nass moderated a recent radio show on 3D printing. Bottom line -- the technology is here for the long haul.
2 Strikes & the Dishwasher’s Not Out
Made by Monkeys 
6/11/2013  16 comments
There are two dumb design mistakes associated with this dishwasher, and yet it still works fine.
Flexible Image Sensors Printed on Plastic
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2013  16 comments
UK-based Plastic Logic and French company ISORG have created what the pair tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
Slideshow: The Evolution of CAD 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/13/2013  16 comments
CAD tools, the software and hardware that has built our modern world, are evolving.
Video: RoboBee Finally Takes Off
Blog 
6/4/2013  15 comments
An engineering team at Harvard University's Microrobotics Lab has completed the maiden flight of its tiny RoboBee robot. The controlled flight of the insect-sized robot that flaps its wings is considered a robotics first.
Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
Blog 
6/17/2013  14 comments
The push to achieving more intelligent, integrated manufacturing is putting a strong focus on networking and connectivity as key enabling technologies.
Graphene Nanotubes: The Latest Advancement in Li-ion Batteries
Blog 
6/24/2013  13 comments
A research team at Rice University has successfully created proof-of-concept anodes that are capable of more capacity than typical battery anodes by creating them out of GNRs and tin oxide.
Big Mother Gets Street Smart
Guest Blogs 
6/6/2013  13 comments
MEMS is enabling smartphones to deliver more personalized and more contextually aware information to the user.
Ultracapacitors, Batteries Join Forces for Fuel Efficiency
Guest Blogs 
6/7/2013  12 comments
One option to increase vehicle fuel efficiency is to make battery systems more efficient.
Engineering for Extreme Environments
Guest Blogs 
6/4/2013  12 comments
Many drilling operators still employ hydraulic steering systems, but some operators have begun exploiting intelligent electric actuators for directional drilling.
Researchers Poke Holes in Solar Cells to Improve Efficiency
Blog 
6/3/2013  12 comments
The method, called “dark solar,” has been developed by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and it enables the cells to reflect only 2 percent of the sunlight that reaches them.
GE Aviation Cuts 3D Print Time in LEAP Engine
Engineering Materials 
6/11/2013  12 comments
GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
Gigabit Speed & Power Over Ethernet
Blog 
6/19/2013  9 comments
Gigabit and PoE are two networking technologies moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices such as IP security cameras at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable.
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