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Most Commented Content posted in July 2011
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How Do We Engineer Autos for 54.5 MPG?
Wolfe's Den 
7/29/2011  123 comments
Lighter automotive materials and hybrid engines are two engineering approaches towards meeting the Obama administration's goal of 54.5 mpg CAFE standards for automakers by 2025.
What's Your Favorite Engineering Movie?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/25/2011  41 comments
Design News looks at the best and worst science and engineering movies.
California Should Mandate the Purchase of EVs
Captain Hybrid 
7/14/2011  25 comments
Is it time for California to tell its residents they have to buy electric cars?
The Maytag Repairman Is Plenty Busy
Made by Monkeys 
7/27/2011  23 comments
Maytag used to pride itself on high-quality appliances. Lately they've been showing up in the Monkeys blog.
Die-Cast Decks Are Coming to a Backyard Near You
Guest Blogs 
7/8/2011  22 comments
Decks made of "maintenance-free" cast and extruded aluminum shapes will challenge wood and plastic composite materials.
Sawstop Inventor Still Struggling to Save Fingers
Electronic News & Comment 
7/12/2011  22 comments
Stephen Gass may finally be on the verge of changing the power tool industry. Then again, this isn’t the first time he has believed that.
Ford's Glucose Monitor & the New Infotainment Model
Electronic News & Comment 
7/7/2011  18 comments
Ford's glucose monitoring systems shows how the infotainment engineering model has changed over the past decade.
Terrafugia Transition Inches Closer to Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/18/2011  17 comments
The so-called flying car reached another milestone, having been granted key exemptions by government safety agencies that were critical due to the engineering challenges around a dual-purpose design.
Dassault Pushes 3D Printing for the Masses
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/6/2011  14 comments
Amidst a flurry of activity on the 3D printing front, Dassault Systèmes partners with the Sculpteo 3D printing service to give 3DVIA users a way to easily produce 3D physical models of their 3D digital creations.
Monkeys Messed Up My HP Scanjet, Big Time
Made by Monkeys 
7/12/2011  14 comments
The HP Scanjet 5590 was just one monkeyed-up problem after another.
Outsmarting the Appliance Monkey
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2011  13 comments
One way to outsmart the monkeys is to use the trouble-shooting guide that may be hidden in your appliance.
Final Shuttle Flight Creates Opportunity
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2011  13 comments
Watching the space shuttle Atlantis take flight invoked a sense of optimism that it opens up an opportunity to build even better spacecraft that are more affordable, better integrated, better manufactured, and better supported.
Outsourcing Bridges Is a Crazy Idea
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2011  13 comments
Construction workers in Shanghai are making a replacement bridge for the 2.2-mile span that was damaged in the 1989 Bay Area earthquake.
Do Mechatronics Degrees Make Sense?
Mechatronics Zone 
7/19/2011  13 comments
Twelve colleges have created mechatronics programs, mostly by adding mechatronics classes to a standard mechanical-engineering curriculum.
Alcoa Makes DFMA Case for Aluminum's Sustainability
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2011  12 comments
A team at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh analyzed several tools and chose DFMA as a way to prove that aluminum is a better sustainability option than other materials for select applications.
Crumbled Plastic Intake Manifold Strands Motorist
Made by Monkeys 
7/25/2011  12 comments
The monkeys came out when Ford engineers were designing the company's 4.6-liter engines.
Monkeys Got to My Refrigerator Motor
Made by Monkeys 
7/1/2011  11 comments
When the Sears refrigerator motor went bad, it was quite surprising to discover how the motor was designed. Even the monkeys laughed.
Local Motors Shifts Crowd-Sourcing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/21/2011  11 comments
Billing itself as an open-source car company, Local Motors is challenging the traditional automotive design paradigm with a new model that leverages the collective design power of a community to "co-create" limited-run vehicles.
India Passes WEEE & RoHS Regulations
Green Scene 
7/5/2011  10 comments
India has passed e-waste and hazardous materials regulations that are similar to the European Union's WEEE and RoHS.
From Photo to 3D Model With Autodesk Photofly
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/1/2011  10 comments
Autodesk Labs' Photofly project converts a series of regular digital photographs into a 3D model, a capability that has applicability on the consumer front and in engineering.
Design Apps Hit the iPad
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/25/2011  10 comments
While we're starting to see a steady stream of design-oriented apps for the iPad and other mobile devices, the majority remain focused on simple viewing and collaboration functions.
Cancer-Fighting Device Is Tough to Swallow
Guest Blogs 
7/15/2011  10 comments
A self-propelled, remote-controlled capsule endoscope developed jointly by two Japanese institutions allows scanning of the entire digestive tract for signs of cancer and other ailments.
Automakers Balk at California ZEV Plan
Captain Hybrid 
7/13/2011  10 comments
A looming California emissions plan and a proposed federal fuel economy standard are combining to create consternation among automakers.
The Case of the Missing 13,000 Watts
Sherlock Ohms 
7/20/2011  10 comments
When the radio station was missing 13,000 Watts, it knew it was time call in Sherlock Ohms.
Gates Tags Toilet as Top Tech Challenge
Wolfe's Den 
7/20/2011  10 comments
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is challenging the engineering community to develop innovative toilets that can neutralize or extract energy from human waste.
The Case of the Hot Desk
Sherlock Ohms 
7/28/2011  10 comments
Called to a mechanical calculator that was giving off tingle shocks, Sherlock found an unexpected problem.
Automation & Control Getting iPhone App Enabled
Wolfe's Den 
7/11/2011  9 comments
Programmable logic controllers are beginning to connect beyond the confines of the factory floor, via iPhone Apps that display status data or even control PLCs directly via the over-the-air commands.
Are You an Interdisciplinary Engineer?
Wolfe's Den 
7/13/2011  9 comments
Are specialist designers on the wane, being replaced by generalists who can work comfortably across the boundaries of hardware, software, and embedded?
Robotocists Debate: How Human Should a Robot Be?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/5/2011  9 comments
Engineers are considering whether robots for the home and office need to look human.
Let's Make Plastics From Our Southern Scourge
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2011  8 comments
It's time to get creative about the feedstocks we want to use as a replacement for oil and natural gas.
Will US Manufacturing Rebound Continue?
Wolfe's Den 
7/5/2011  8 comments
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector rose in June, according to the Institute for Supply Management.
Salary Survey Says You Make $93,465
Wolfe's Den 
7/26/2011  8 comments
The results of Design News annual salary survey are in and they say design engineers received their first increase in average base salary in two years.
EV Sets Record at Pikes Peak Hill Climb
Captain Hybrid 
7/21/2011  8 comments
Using a powertrain designed by AC Propulsion, an electric placed 21st out of a field of 71 cars at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Is There No Room in Machine Safety for Common Sense?
Guest Blogs 
7/12/2011  8 comments
How far are machine builders expected to go to protect people who do not protect themselves?
European Machinery Isn't Safer
Guest Blogs 
7/14/2011  8 comments
Europe makes its machinery seem safer – but is it?
Convert Garbage to Electricity at Home
Gadget Freak 
7/22/2011  8 comments
Trevor Nestor built a gasifier out of some steel cans and camping pans. The basic idea of a gasifier is that you burn wood, trash, or other unwanted organic items in an environment low on oxygen.
Old Tires & Soy Seed Ford's Gaskets
Engineering Materials 
7/20/2011  7 comments
Ford continues its leadership in development of natural automotive materials with use of recycled tires and soy oil to make seals and engine gaskets.
3D Systems Acquires Alibre
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/22/2011  6 comments
Alibre and 3D Systems believe the combination of CAD and 3D printer technology will democratize 3D printing and bring affordable solutions to students, engineering hobbyists, and the growing maker community.
EU Updates Hazardous Substances Guidelines
Lead-Free Zone 
7/11/2011  6 comments
The European Union has published a revised RoHS that casts a wider net and offers fewer exemptions.
E-Waste Research Bill Proposed
Green Scene 
7/20/2011  6 comments
Congressman John Sarbanes has introduced a House bill that would seek innovative ways to recycle e-waste.
Altair Heads to the Cloud With HPC & CAE Capabilities
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/7/2011  6 comments
Leveraging its patented flexible licensing technology, Altair launches HyperWorks On Demand, an HPC and CAE simulation suite.
Auto Engineers Look to an Ethernet Future
Electronic News & Comment 
7/8/2011  6 comments
Ethernet could see action in automotive applications involving cameras and infotainment.
Design Tool Sector Soars
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/27/2011  6 comments
The product lifecycle management (PLM) and design tool sector has returned to peak growth levels, according to a new CIMdata report.
Moore's Law Struggling to Keep Up
Electronic News & Comment 
7/1/2011  6 comments
Multicore solutions will be critical in the next five years to overcome the Moore's Law obstacle, and technical challenges need to be addressed on both sides of the Internet.
Siemens Issues SIMATIC Security Advisory
Wolfe's Den 
7/7/2011  6 comments
Siemens has issued a warning about a potential hacker entry point in its SIMATIC S7 family of programmable logic controllers, along with recommendations for protective security measures.
Heard on the Automation & Control Beat
Wolfe's Den 
7/18/2011  6 comments
July 18 edition of weekly news roundup from the world of engineering automation and control.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News July Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
7/15/2011  6 comments
Design News's July issue is available in digital form, as an online e-magazine or a downloadable pdf.
3D Printer Kit Ordering Woes
Blog 
7/21/2011  6 comments
Guest blogger and additive manufacturing maven Todd Grimm describes the sometimes frustrating process of ordering a kit to produce three-dimensional parts from common plastics.
A New Modeler From Spatial?
Blog 
7/19/2011  6 comments
Spatial's recent announcement of its Convergence Geometric Modeler may not be a major product release, but it's still big news.
Are Smart Grids on the Verge of Viability?
Blog 
7/12/2011  5 comments
California utility "grand plans" headline a summer of new smart grid activity, but have we really seen much progress since the 2008-2009 boom and bust?
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