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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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