Most Commented Content posted in September 2011
China's Rare Earth Export Cutbacks Raise Alarms
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.
Damn the Error Codes
Mechatronics Zone 9/20/2011
Service manuals often give incomplete error or malfunction information and fail to include information on fixing the problem.
3D Systems Ramps Up Push for Maker Market
CAD/CAM Corner 9/27/2011
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.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
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?
Rare Earth Shortages Revive Alternatives
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?
Electronics News 9/19/2011
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
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.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
Mechatronics Zone 9/13/2011
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.
SAP Pumps Up 3D Product Visualization
CAD/CAM Corner 9/20/2011
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.
SolidWorks 2012 Hits CAD Market
CAD/CAM Corner 9/8/2011
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
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
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.
PLM: The Ultimate Engineering Job Saver
Guest Blogs 9/14/2011
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.
Kickstarter offers a gazillion ideas for businesses that are seeking start-up funding. The crowdfunding site also features new gadgets from companies struggling to get their product out to customers. We took a look at the gadgets currently featured and found a number of cool ideas that are seeking funding angels.
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Donít forget that.
The US Department of Energy has unveiled an investment of up to $30 million to accelerate the development of modules and materials to drive down the cost of solar energy.
A study by the Swiss government determined the type of human errors that lead to engineering disasters and ranked those errors by percentage.
General Motorsí growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
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