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.
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.
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?
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?
Electronics News 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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