HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Most Commented Content posted in August 2011
Page 1/2  >  >>
Video: Would You Buy a Chevy Volt?
Captain Hybrid 
8/9/2011  63 comments
What would it take to make you buy the Chevy Volt?
Renewable Energy's Achilles' Heel Is Storage
Electronic News & Comment 
8/31/2011  46 comments
There's a push to phase out nuclear power. But is renewable energy ready for prime time?
Do You Sympathize With the Automakers?
Captain Hybrid 
8/17/2011  38 comments
California's zero-emission vehicle mandate could hurt automakers, but do we care?
What's the Ideal EV Battery Size?
Captain Hybrid 
8/25/2011  32 comments
As battery prices drop, automakers are likely to use bigger EV battery packs. But how big is big enough?
Fukishima Disaster Holds Lessons for Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/29/2011  27 comments
Nearly six months after a devastating earthquake rocked the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, engineers say the design lessons are starting to come into sharper focus.
Monkeys Messed Up My GE Profile Washer
Made by Monkeys 
8/3/2011  25 comments
Watch out for GE's 'green' washers -- this reader found a mess of Monkey engineering.
Hidden Hose Stymies Homeowner
Made by Monkeys 
8/26/2011  21 comments
Yet another story of a fridge with a monkey'd up water and ice dispenser.
Bad Service Prompts Low-Tech Purchase
Made by Monkeys 
8/30/2011  20 comments
After suffering repeated repairs on a new washing machine, this customer sought out a low-tech replacement.
Airbag Indicator Light Irks Vehicle Owner
Made by Monkeys 
8/24/2011  20 comments
Just how heavy do you have to be to avoid the "airbag disabled" indicator? Ask the monkeys.
Video: Our Prius Plug-In Test Drive
Captain Hybrid 
8/16/2011  20 comments
Design News editor Chuck Murray drove a pre-production version of the Prius plug-in, and the good news is that it’s a sensible alternative-fuel vehicle.
An Unexpected Failure Mechanism
Mechatronics Zone 
8/17/2011  20 comments
The most solid part of a device can fail even though we test it thoroughly and don't expect it to fail over the life of a product.
Monkeys Designed My 2011 Yamaha Jet Boat
Made by Monkeys 
8/1/2011  19 comments
Even new Yamaha Jet Boats need aftermarket parts in order to maneuver properly at low speeds.
Gadget Freak Case #192: The Ultimate Wireless Volume Control
Gadget Freak 
8/17/2011  19 comments
Andrew Morris decided the usual wireless volume controls don’t offer enough functionality, so he created the ultimate volume control that connects between a computer or MP3 player and an amplified speaker system.
Weak Springs Cause Power Steering Problems
Made by Monkeys 
8/15/2011  17 comments
Three months after my girlfriend’s daughter purchased a 2005 Chevy Cobalt with 45,000 miles in 2009, per our recommendation, the power steering stopped working, intermittently.
Kill the Biofuels Subsidies
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2011  17 comments
Eliminating federal subsidies for corn ethanol should be an easy call for Congressmen debating how to balance the US budget in advance of a debt default deadline.
The Case of the Buried Electrical Box
Sherlock Ohms 
8/19/2011  16 comments
The drywall crew buried the electrical box, so Sherlock had to figure out how to find it without ripping up the drywall.
If It Isn't Broken, Don't Replace It
Made by Monkeys 
8/17/2011  15 comments
The engineering on new appliances seems to be more monkey-prone than the engineering on older ones.
Maytag Monkeys May Send Me Back to Hand Washing
Made by Monkeys 
8/31/2011  15 comments
The keyboard on the dishwasher failed time after time. The solution may be life without a dishwasher.
Dassault Puts Inventor's 'Ice Dream' to 3D Simulation Test
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/25/2011  15 comments
Dassault Systèmes lends its arsenal of 3D modeling and simulation tools to help prove an eco-entrepreneur's dream of harvesting and transporting icebergs to solve the world's water shortage issues.
ASU Gets Hands-On With Engineering Curriculum
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/19/2011  15 comments
To provide students with a practical approach to aerospace engineering education, Arizona State University has modified its curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning, including employing The MathWorks tools for real-world problem solving.
My Robot Nation Advances 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/18/2011  14 comments
To address the content creation bottleneck surrounding the democratization of 3D printing, Z Corp has teamed up with Kodama Studios and Offload Studios on a new browser-based service that makes it easy to create and produce 3D printed designs.
Engineering Schools Dominate 'Unhappiness' List
Electronic News & Comment 
8/10/2011  14 comments
According to a Princeton Review survey, long study hours and poor communication lead to student gloom.
Composites Lighten Solar Car
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2011  14 comments
New materials, combined with efficient design, produce a lightweight car that is targeting a first place finish in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Shape-Shifting Materials Are Packages of Future
Wolfe's Den 
8/15/2011  14 comments
Intel is developing transparent silicon dioxide hemispheres that can shift their shapes under control of electric currents.
Rolls-Royce Tests Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 
8/19/2011  14 comments
Early feedback on the new Rolls-Royce electric concept car shows that drivers like the power and quiet performance, but consider driving range to be an issue.
Keep Your Engineering Skills up to Date
Mechatronics Zone 
8/23/2011  14 comments
Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus shares his thoughts on how to stay current in a competitive job market.
Turbulent Flow Versus Laminar Flow for Cooling
Sherlock Ohms 
8/25/2011  13 comments
What's best for cooling electronic containers? CFM or LFM? Let's call Sherlock Ohms.
Sales Engineer Spins Skateboard Truck
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/1/2011  13 comments
Long-time CAD software vet parlays industry know-how to transform design concept into Tork Trux, a soon-to-be released hands-free skateboard truck component.
Artificial Lung Is Microfluidics Marvel
Engineering Materials 
8/4/2011  12 comments
A team of Cleveland engineers has developed a prototype artificial lung made from silicone rubber that uses air instead of compressed oxygen in a marvel of microfluidics made possible by additive manufacturing.
3D-Printed Plane Takes Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/29/2011  12 comments
SULSA, an unmanned air vehicle project initiated by the engineering department in Southampton University, is the first aircraft in flight built with select laser sintering (SLS) technology.
What Makes a Great Engineering Manager?
Wolfe's Den 
8/5/2011  12 comments
How do you define great technical leaders?
The Case of the HIPOT Test Failures
Sherlock Ohms 
8/2/2011  12 comments
The power supply kept failing the HIPOT (high potential) test. The supplier said, "Not us." We called on our inner Sherlock Ohms.
What's Your Opinion on Patents?
Gadget Freak 
8/9/2011  11 comments
IV is one of the many companies that have come into existence solely to purchase patents and litigate on the basis of them. What is your take on patents?
My BMW Remembered Bad Settings
Made by Monkeys 
8/10/2011  11 comments
The memory settings for mirrors and seats on the 2002 BMW X5 SUV are a mess tangled up by monkeys.
Wireless Sensor Nets Make Better Economic Case
Blog 
8/23/2011  11 comments
Wireless sensor networks are more reasonable to deploy in many vertical domains than they were a decade ago, but market analysts say the jury's still out on which domains will see sensor networks become commonplace soon.
The Dawning of the Office Robot
Electronic News & Comment 
8/12/2011  11 comments
Anybots' QB wants to be your avatar - and make business travel obsolete.
The Case of the Sunday Morning Squawking
Sherlock Ohms 
8/23/2011  10 comments
Every time the pastor used the church's new sound system, it squawked and crackled.
Large Manufacturers Need Common Sense, Too
Guest Blogs 
8/12/2011  10 comments
A major industrial controls manufacturer is lacking some basic common sense.
Animatronic Butterfly Completes Wedding Day Look
Gadget Freak 
8/4/2011  9 comments
User fiveMarch on Instructables was asked by a friend to design a moving butterfly that she could wear as a hair clip on her wedding day.
The Case of the Shortened Thermocouple
Sherlock Ohms 
8/16/2011  9 comments
The heat weld stopped working. The factory shut down. Time for Sherlock to investigate the cause.
SGI Dives Into Open-Source CFD Software
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/30/2011  9 comments
Along with trying to broaden the reach of CFD, SGI's acquisition of the open-source CFD software provider OpenCFD is just another part of the plan to reinvent itself with integrated technical computing solutions.
3D-Printed Stool Holds 220 Pounds
Engineering Materials 
8/12/2011  9 comments
In a demonstration of the rapidly growing capabilities of the 3D printing process, Objet printed a stool that folds and holds more than 220 pounds.
Ahhaproject Designs Bridge Function & Aesthetics
Guest Blogs 
8/29/2011  8 comments
Korean-based design firm Ahhaproject is creating innovative product designs for Electrolux and others.
Thin Films Could Boost Car Battery of Future
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2011  8 comments
University of Illinois professor Paul Braun has developed a battery structure that offers high power without sacrificing energy.
SparkFun Inventors Kit Is 'Clever'
Gadget Freak 
8/12/2011  7 comments
Gadget Freak blogger Steve Ravet recently picked up a SparkFun inventors kit for Arduino. Though his preferred development hardware is mbed, he was impressed.
The Case of the Missing Machines
Sherlock Ohms 
8/11/2011  7 comments
Sometimes the requirements of a large, tier-one customer are demanding, but this challenge was over the top.
Hackers Probe Medical Implants
Blog 
8/25/2011  7 comments
Attendees of Black Hat Technical Security Forum seem to be leaving computers behind and probing arcane security concerns. But the hacking of a microcontroller-powered medical implant may not be as crazy as it sounds.
Getting Started With Proximity Sensing
Mechatronics Zone 
8/5/2011  7 comments
Two-minute development kit review: Engineers who need an optical proximity sensor that accounts for ambient light need this kit.
Arduino Open-Source Controller Platform Gains Ground
Blog 
8/8/2011  6 comments
Arduino has become the classic bottoms-up open hardware enabler for the type of home hobbyist who has worked with development kits ranging from Lego Mindstorms to open ARM and FPGA kits.
Ford, Toyota To Collaborate On Hybrid Powertrains
Blog 
8/26/2011  6 comments
The Ford-Toyota hybrid partnership is a logical way for the two giant automakers to develop the technology they both need to compete in the truck market.
Page 1/2  >  >>




Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
The Window Watcher stops the burglar before he does damage or enters the house. House alarm service companies set off alarms and call the service only after the burglar has damaged and entered the house.
If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
Brooke Williams of Texas Instruments explains how TI’s new TDA3x chip will help future vehicles “see” all around themselves.
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Nov 3 - 7, Engineering Principles behind Advanced User Interface Technologies
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Stratasys
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Next Class: 11/11-11/13 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service