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Most Commented Content posted in September 2011
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Will Split-Cycle Engine Compete With EV Powertrains?
Blog 
9/23/2011  45 comments
Scuderi Group says its split-cycle engine boosts fuel efficiency by 20 percent to 30 percent while cutting emissions.
Does Anyone Know the True Cost of EV Batteries? (Not Really)
Captain Hybrid 
9/16/2011  36 comments
If you want to start an argument about electric vehicles, the best way to do it is to mention battery costs.
GM Investigating Pure Electric Cars
Captain Hybrid 
9/6/2011  29 comments
General Motors, the giant automaker notable for killing the EV1 a decade ago, is accelerating its move into the battery electric vehicle (BEV) arena.
Electric Car Battery Makers Face Shakeup Amid Soft Demand
Captain Hybrid 
9/8/2011  24 comments
The laws of supply and demand may be about to deal a nasty blow to electric car (EV) battery manufacturers.
The Case of the Shocking Bathroom Countertop
Sherlock Ohms 
9/2/2011  24 comments
The bathroom countertop was shocking. Was it the electric toothbrush or something more unusual?
Electronics Group Resisting Calif. Energy Regulations
Green Scene 
9/19/2011  22 comments
The CEA pounds California policymakers for proposing new regulations while the electronics industry is reporting gains in energy efficiency.
Give Me Back My Timex
Made by Monkeys 
9/9/2011  21 comments
This consumer bought an expensive watch to replace a Timex. Big mistake.
My 1973 Plymouth Scamp Shorts to Death
Made by Monkeys 
9/7/2011  20 comments
This driver decided to try an American car after owning many imported cars. The Dodge Duster was quite a lesson in quality.
At Wit's End With the Kenmore Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2011  20 comments
We bought this Kenmore microwave for "ease of use." What a laugh.
China's Rare Earth Export Cutbacks Raise Alarms
Blog 
9/22/2011  20 comments
Prices for rare earth elements, an important component electromechanical products, have jumped by at least an order of magnitude in the past year as a result of export cutbacks from China, the world's largest source.
Troubles With the Ford Taurus SHO
Made by Monkeys 
9/27/2011  19 comments
Watch out for the Ford Taurus SHO. Its weird engine means big troubles.
Prius Plugs Into a New Era
Captain Hybrid 
9/13/2011  18 comments
Small battery, fast recharging, and low costs are the keys to Toyota's "less is more" strategy of electrification.
Fatal Accident in Face of 'All Clear' Call
Sherlock Ohms 
9/8/2011  15 comments
After a fatal accident at an intermodal facility, an investigator was called in to find the cause of the accident.
Monkeys Only Mess With New Appliances
Made by Monkeys 
9/13/2011  15 comments
One after another -- from washers to dishwashers -- it's the new appliances that fail.
The Monkeys Are All Over the LG Refrigerator
Made by Monkeys 
9/21/2011  14 comments
The LG deluxe refrigerator is anything but deluxe with it comes to design.
Damn the Error Codes
Mechatronics Zone 
9/20/2011  14 comments
Service manuals often give incomplete error or malfunction information and fail to include information on fixing the problem.
The Dump Trailer Won't Dump
Made by Monkeys 
9/20/2011  13 comments
What happens when your dump trailer won't dump? Such a simple function, and so hard to find.
Tree-Climbing Robot
Gadget Freak 
9/27/2011  13 comments
A high school senior has built a robot that grips on to a tree and climbs up like an inchworm.
The Case of the Failing Bus Transmissions
Sherlock Ohms 
9/29/2011  11 comments
Electric bus transmissions were failing in the field. Sherlock Ohms had to track down the problem.
Nissan Responds to Leaf No-Start Software Glitch
Captain Hybrid 
9/1/2011  11 comments
Some Nissan Leaf owners have found their vehicles won't start due to an air conditioning system flaw.
3D Systems Ramps Up Push for Maker Market
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/27/2011  11 comments
With the BotMill open-source 3D printer company the latest acquisition under its belt, 3D Systems is stepping up efforts to target makers and enthusiasts as part of its vision to "democratize" low-cost 3D print and content solutions.
Should Design Engineers Run Environmental Compliance?
Lead-Free Zone 
9/28/2011  11 comments
With the constant changes in environmental compliance, design engineers need support.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
Blog 
9/21/2011  10 comments
IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?
Amazon's Bezos Patenting 'Blue Origin' Spacecraft
Wolfe's Den 
9/13/2011  10 comments
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is building a commercial spacecraft via his Blue Origin company.
Now You Know What Rime Ice Is
Mechatronics Zone 
9/14/2011  10 comments
A new sensor uses the optical properties of ice to detect when it builds up on refrigerator coils.
Rare Earth Shortages Revive Alternatives
Blog 
9/6/2011  9 comments
Rising concern over China restricting exports of rare earth elements has caused the industry to revisit older magnetic materials from the mid-20th century, such as aluminum-nickel-cobalt compounds and thin films of iron and nitrogen.
Will an MBA Benefit You?
Electronic News & Comment 
9/19/2011  9 comments
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, long a staple for engineers preparing for leadership, is looking pretty enticing lately.
Green Contest Gives Crash Course in Sustainable Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/23/2011  9 comments
Russell Donovan, winner of SolidWorks' Green Design Contest, says his exposure to SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress to create his "leaf" chair was an eye-opener in terms of considering environmental factors throughout a product's lifecycle.
The Case of the Way-Too-Hot Power Supply Unit
Sherlock Ohms 
9/6/2011  9 comments
The design of the power supply unit for VoIP phones created way too much heat. With few dollars to spare, a cooling fix was needed.
The Case of the Ridiculous Fatigue Calculations
Sherlock Ohms 
9/23/2011  9 comments
In the process of taking fatigue calculations, the data came in sky high at some points and zero at others.
Gadget Freak Case #193: The Gadget Let the Dog Out
Gadget Freak 
9/1/2011  9 comments
Les Kelly first showed off his gadget skills in Gadget Freak Case #178, where he created a device that let his dog out of a crate remotely. Now Les has taken the show outdoors with his Easy/Out! remote trigger.
Audi Concept Car Had One Minor Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
9/1/2011  8 comments
The Audi TT is a cool car, but its glove box lever is anything but cool.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
Mechatronics Zone 
9/13/2011  8 comments
When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.
Gadget Freak Case #195: Nifty Master/Slave Green Power Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/29/2011  7 comments
This green gadget allows the user to turn speaker systems on and off with a TV or laptop computer. It can also be used to turn on lamps and other electric appliances.
A Different Way to Your Rapid Prototype
Guest Blogs 
9/15/2011  7 comments
Metrix Create:Space offers a variety of fabrication tools, including 3D printing. The difference is that you do the work.
Gadget Freak Case #194: Fluffing Up Model Lighting
Gadget Freak 
9/15/2011  7 comments
William Grill created an inexpensive controller to customize the lighting for a model or simulator.
Survey Results: Do You Use Energy Efficient Motors & Drives?
Wolfe's Den 
9/9/2011  7 comments
Our survey on energy efficient motors and drives.
Case of Shocking Countertop Could Be Electrocution Hazard
Sherlock Ohms 
9/13/2011  7 comments
Dennis Darling explains there is more to the Shocking Countertop story. Shocks call for deep investigation.
SAP Pumps Up 3D Product Visualization
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/20/2011  7 comments
SAP's acquisition of Right Hemisphere shows a commitment to leveraging 3D visualization to let all business lines make more informed decisions throughout the product lifecycle.
3D Printing Accelerates Prototyping
Engineering Materials 
9/29/2011  7 comments
Low-cost 3D printers are rapidly changing the design process.
SolidWorks 2012 Hits CAD Market
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/8/2011  7 comments
SolidWorks 2012 ushers in an array of productivity enhancements and some major new functionality, including a costing module for calculating manufacturing expenses and a Large Design Review mode for working with large assemblies.
Design Tool Vendors Step Up Education Efforts
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/26/2011  6 comments
In response to national concern over the shortage of skilled science and engineering graduates, design tool vendors are stepping up efforts to seed technology within the student community, hoping to foster interest in engineering careers.
SolidWorks Teases Features in 2012 CAD Upgrade
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/2/2011  6 comments
As a prelude to the SolidWorks 2012 launch, the CAD company and select customers gave their two cents on how far the technology has come and why there's surging demand for tools that bring efficiencies to product development.
The Case of the Semi-Proficient Measurement
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2011  6 comments
Sometimes old equipment is just right -- other times, it's just too old.
The Case of the Intermittent Shutdown Glitch
Sherlock Ohms 
9/15/2011  5 comments
Engineers encountered an intermittent issue where one engine in a rail car would shut down for over speed during the start cycle.
PLM: The Ultimate Engineering Job Saver
Guest Blogs 
9/14/2011  5 comments
By following PLM's product-centric, information-driven approach to product design, engineers can produce better and more innovative products using fewer resources in less time -- and keep their jobs.
Is Your Freaky Gadget Worth $500?
Gadget Freak 
9/30/2011  5 comments
Send us your gadget and become an official Design News Gadget Freak.
Automaker Partnerships Surge in Bid to Reduce Dev Costs
Captain Hybrid 
9/12/2011  5 comments
Automakers save time and save tens of millions of development dollars by teaming with other automakers and with suppliers.
Can You Test & Measure With an MCU?
Mechatronics Zone 
9/6/2011  5 comments
The Arduino Uno module provides an easy way to learn about microcontrollers.
Another Case of a Buried Electrical Box
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2011  4 comments
How do you find electrical materials buried in a wall? You get as inventive as Sherlock Ohms.
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