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2015's Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
Blog 
5/29/2015  3 comments
We take a look at 2015's top engineering schools by salary potential for undergraduate students.
The Greatest IoT Nodes of All: Ourselves
Blog 
5/29/2015  Post a comment
If we are going to be creating a network that serves us, one of its most critical nodes will need to be ourselves. This is where wearable technology comes into play.
Low-Power FPGAs: Just Like Jumbo Shrimp?
Guest Blogs 
5/29/2015  Post a comment
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Automotive News 
5/28/2015  6 comments
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.
Robotic Eel Tapped to Explore Jupiter’s Oceans
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5/28/2015  Post a comment
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.
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 
5/28/2015  1 comment
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.
Development of a CTE Project: An IoT Electronic Thermometer, Part 2
STEM Connection 
5/28/2015  Post a comment
The big picture to this hands-on technology curriculum is to illustrate to students that the future of IoT and IoE (Internet of Everything) development can be created in today’s classroom.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Engineering Materials 
5/27/2015  12 comments
Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
Sphero is a Robot Ball From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Blog 
5/27/2015  2 comments
This is the story of a robotic ball clever enough to inspire the team behind the new Star Wars film.
How Do International Machine Safety Rules Apply to the US?
Guest Blogs 
5/27/2015  Post a comment
“How can European standards affect me, especially since I only use machines built in the US?” This is a common question, and one way to answer this is to look at how machine safety is enforced, where the information comes from, and how well you can prove you followed the regulations.
Concept EV Transforms to Solve Urban Parking Problems
Automotive News 
5/26/2015  12 comments
For city dwellers, finding a parking space can be a time-consuming and downright exasperating task. Now, however, engineers may have found a solution to that old urban problem.
Unstructured Big Data Is a Big Manufacturing Challenge
Blog 
5/26/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers have to manage a wide range of data, and unstructured data -- from PDFs to video files -- has become a big challenge as the new world of Big Data emerges.
How Do You Make Quick-Turn Design & Production a Reality?
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5/26/2015  3 comments
Answer this question, and more, during Design News’ Focus on Fundamentals course -- From Rapid Prototyping to Quick-Turn Production: A User’s Guide -- June 2-4. Sponsored by Proto Labs.
In Space, a 3D Printer Beats Duct Tape Every Time
Engineering Materials 
5/26/2015  Post a comment
In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
The Right Stuff: Top 10 US Military Aircraft in Honor of Memorial Day
Blog 
5/22/2015  6 comments
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
Chinese Researchers Prototype 1,800 MPH Train
Blog 
5/22/2015  18 comments
Imagine if you could train it from San Francisco to New York faster than flying?
What Industrial Companies Must Do for Effective IIoT Telemetry
Guest Blogs 
5/21/2015  Post a comment
In order to keep in line with safety protocols, industrial networks need to be filtered in a semantic way so that only information related to diagnostics is flowing back to the vendor and that any communications that could be used for remote machine operations are suppressed.
Design Visualization Is Advancing in the Plant
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5/21/2015  Post a comment
Advanced visualization can depict an entire plant in motion, while also detailing an individual workstation. Individual products can be rendered different for each discipline involved — marketing, engineering, or suppliers.
The Supplier Strategic Sourcing Process Explained
Guest Blogs 
5/21/2015  Post a comment
While people may talk about the procurement process, the procurement discipline actually encompasses a number of different processes. They include spend analysis, supplier relationship management, and contract management, just to name a few.
The 7 Most Insane Vehicles in Mad Max: Fury Road
Blog 
5/20/2015  8 comments
The custom vehicle designs in Mad Max: Fury Road are probably just as amazing as the film's off-the-wall action sequences.
Top 10 Best Practices When Shipping Lithium Batteries
Blog 
5/20/2015  6 comments
A test conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in April 2014 showed that the current practices for transporting lithium batteries on airplanes are not as safe as they could be.
Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom
Blog 
5/20/2015  Post a comment
The market for small, flexible robots is growing at a time when robots in general are surging in popularity in plants across the globe.
Bayshore Networks: Industrial-Strength Cyber Security Requires Trust
Guest Blogs 
5/20/2015  Post a comment
As the Industrial Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications movements gain speed, some companies are asking themselves, “Wait. How much information do we really want to flow in and out of our premises? Aren’t we supposed to be doubling down on cyber security?”
What Caused the Hummer’s Rough Ride?
Sherlock Ohms 
5/20/2015  7 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Home and Grid Energy Storage Gains Momentum
Electronics News 
5/19/2015  13 comments
Tesla’s recent entry into the home and grid storage market may be well timed, but the automaker is hardly alone in its quest to bring new sources of electrical power to consumers.
Will Billions of IoT Devices Become Billions of Security Vulnerabilities?
Blog 
5/19/2015  2 comments
Conventional approaches to IT security will leave the Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerable to devastating attacks, according to Alan Grau, president of Icon Labs.
Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex and Easier to Use
Blog 
5/19/2015  Post a comment
Increased processing speeds and greater intelligence in smaller devices is changing traditional PLCs and PACs. The PAC is morphing into a PLC, and they both may be replaced by embedded PCs.
Researchers Make Breakthrough in Capturing, Storing Solar Energy
Blog 
5/19/2015  2 comments
One of the biggest challenges to implementing solar power on a larger scale is how to store the energy to use it when the sun doesn’t shine. Now a researcher in Denmark has made a significant breakthrough in this endeavor, developing molecules that can take energy from the sun, store it, and then release it for use when needed.
Maker Movement Celebrates 10 Years of DIY
Gadget Freak 
5/19/2015  Post a comment
Maker Faire recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with familiar celebrities and top chip companies, its youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact.
Yes, Electric Cars Still Need an Innovative Battery
Opinion 
5/18/2015  92 comments
Why aren’t electric car sales better? The answer can’t be repeated often enough: It’s the battery; it’s the battery; it’s the battery.
Recycled 3DP Materials, Recyclers, and Embedded Recycling Codes
Engineering Materials 
5/18/2015  Post a comment
Here are new recycled materials, new recycling machines, and other news about recycling 3D printed materials we've put together in one place.
Capturing the Essentials of Low-Power Design
Blog 
5/18/2015  Post a comment
Along with low-power requirements have come other design challenges, such as shrinking circuit board real estate in portable and wearable electronics and the Industrial Internet of Things requiring wireless and energy-storage-based design.
Ford Aims to Boost Fuel Efficiency With Lightweighting
Automotive News 
5/15/2015  18 comments
If Ford Motor Co.’s recent efforts in lightweighting are any indication, the auto industry is about to go on a diet.
Pneumatic Support Keeps the Air Force’s Warthog in the Skies
Guest Blogs 
5/15/2015  Post a comment
To carry out the program, Boeing built five custom carriages using a custom, upgraded pneumatic rod lock system developed by Advanced Machine & Engineering Co.
Relive Gadget Freak’s Greatest Hits in Our ‘Volume 3’ E-Book
Gadget Freak 
5/15/2015  Post a comment
Eleven years ago one of those rare, brilliant moments emerged from the crack staff of Design News: Let’s put the tinkerers among our audience community to work in designing and building some truly wacky devices. And Gadget Freak was born.
Tesla-Inspired iPhone Case Pulls Energy from Air to Charge Device
Blog 
5/15/2015  5 comments
A startup inspired by Nikola Tesla is about to launch an energy-harvesting smartphone case that can charge your phone on the go.
Yes, Autonomous Cars Have Accidents; Here are 3 Reasons Why
Blog 
5/14/2015  58 comments
Reports have surfaced that Google's self-driving cars have been involved in a handful of accidents since they began testing. What factors are contributing to this? And can they be solved?
The Slow Track to the Future
William Ng 
5/14/2015  Post a comment
It doesn’t take a genius like Dean Kamen to see that business and technology investment and innovation opportunities will be lost if unified, coordinated, and decisive action doesn’t take place.
The Internet of Things Isn’t Waiting for Standards
Blog 
5/14/2015  2 comments
IoT will continue developing at a fast pace, even if interoperability standards lag.
Healthy Shopping App Wins Big in MIT STEM Competition
STEM Connection 
5/14/2015  Post a comment
Two women studying at Cornell University have won $10,000 for designing and developing a Web application that can help people make healthier choices while grocery shopping.
Aluminum Extrusion Increases Options to Optimize the Supply Chain, Part 2
Guest Blogs 
5/14/2015  Post a comment
Extruded aluminum continues to gain traction as a mainstream OEM choice for designing, engineering, and producing component parts. The alloy and the technique have marched aggressively through the awareness and understanding phases and are now solidly in adoption territory.
7 Takeaways Surrounding Embedded Security
Blog 
5/13/2015  1 comment
Securing embedded devices is becoming a hot topic, especially as those devices begin to connect to the Internet. There is a real threat from hackers reverse engineering a connected device.
Partial Autonomy Coming, Full Autonomy a Long Way Off
Automotive News 
5/13/2015  1 comment
Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) are poised to become a $102 billion market by 2030, but just a sliver of that technology will be applied to cars that can be fully autonomous in all conditions, according to a new study.
Speeding Up the Move from Art to Part
Blog 
5/13/2015  Post a comment
The recent release of Evolve 2015 by solidThinking points to a critical trend centered on the seamless concept-to-engineering transition of a product design from the mind of the industrial designer to the expertise of the engineer.
The Growing Need to Solve Light-Load Motor Efficiency
Blog 
5/13/2015  2 comments
As manufacturing companies become more mindful of the amount of energy they use in order to cut energy bills, become compliant with corporate energy targets, or meet government regulations, they have turned their attention to the motors they operate.
13 Truths Proved by NASA's Curiosity Rover
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5/13/2015  Post a comment
Luke Dubord, technical group supervisor, avionics subsystem engineering group, NASA, laid some truth on the opening keynote audience at last week's Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.
PTC Doubles Down on IoT Market
Blog 
5/12/2015  3 comments
PTC has invested half a billion to stake its claim in the burgeoning Internet of Things world, including some significant acquisitions in the IoT market to boost its position.
A Robotic Approach to Refueling Satellites
Guest Blogs 
5/12/2015  Post a comment
Robot uses teleoperated commands sent over long distances and sophisticated servo operation to successfully transfer fuel for effective satellite operations.
Plastics Grow as Materials of Choice for Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
5/12/2015  Post a comment
Hospital-acquired infections and more home use of medical devices are shaking up device design, bringing more plastics into increasingly complex designs.
Rethink Robotics: Collaborative Robots Continue to Raise Automation Accessibility
Guest Blogs 
5/12/2015  Post a comment
Advances in digital technology have been reducing the cost of computing and promoting accessibility to factory automation for all manufacturers -- not just the biggest ones.
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