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Solar-Powered Schoolbags Are a Light in the Lives of Underprivileged Students
Blog 
8/29/2015  Post a comment
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged school children a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2015  Post a comment
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
BWG President: Here's Why Women's Perception of Manufacturing Is Turning Around
Blog 
8/28/2015  Post a comment
Technology and global expansion are playing key roles in making manufacturing an attractive field for women to join, more than ever before, said the president of a woman-owned family of companies.
It's Too Soon to Put Reshoring on the Pedestal
Blog 
8/28/2015  2 comments
A few years ago, reshoring roared onto the scene as the next great movement in manufacturing, but the data so far reflect otherwise.
Is New Patent a Signal of Ford Readying for Self-Driving Cars?
Automotive News 
8/28/2015  2 comments
In another sign that self-driving cars are on the distant horizon, Ford has been granted a patent for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats.”
The Top 10 Degrees for Earnings Are All STEM
Blog 
8/27/2015  4 comments
The highest paying bachelor's degrees -- both in starting salaries and mid-career incomes -- are mostly engineering and entirely STEM disciplines.
Why Wearable Cameras Will Be Profoundly Disruptive in Capturing Our World
Blog 
8/27/2015  9 comments
Wearable cameras possess the power to alter our work lives, the way industrial enterprises operate, and our personal lives because of the insights they can bring from their unobtrusive, first-person point of view.
Advanced Materials -- and Ridiculous Engine -- Enable Lamborghini's Punishing New Roadster
Automotive News 
8/27/2015  1 comment
Combining ultra-lightweight materials with a monster 750-horsepower engine, engineers at Automobili Lamborghini have created one of the world’s fastest (and most expensive) new convertibles.
Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products
Blog 
8/26/2015  3 comments
Design teams are improving efficiency and lowering costs by utilizing previous designs as a pre-validated foundation for next-generation goods.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
Blog 
8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Cisco and IBM: Progress on Cyber Security But Not Enough
Blog 
8/26/2015  1 comment
Executives at Cisco and IBM say there have been advances in cyber security, but they also see much progress yet to be made.
Why 8-Bit Microcontrollers Refuse to Go Away
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  12 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
Walmart Partners with Reshoring Initiative as Made in USA Gets Real
Blog 
8/25/2015  3 comments
Walmart has partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to ramp up its effort to significantly increase US manufactured goods.
What Does the Takata Airbag Case Say About Accelerated Test?
Automotive News 
8/25/2015  12 comments
The widening probe of Takata Corp.’s airbag failures raises an important and largely overlooked question for design engineers: What do the ruptured airbag inflators say about accelerated life testing?
Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
Taking Hold: Adhesives Tackle Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
8/24/2015  1 comment
Engineers are designing multiple materials into cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. How are they keeping these metal, plastic, and glass materials together?
Graphene Ink Is the Key to Next-Gen Energy Storage
Blog 
8/24/2015  2 comments
A Manchester University professor is leading a project to develop a graphene-ink 3D printer capable of creating the next generation of energy-storage systems.
DN Webcast Preview: Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
Blog 
8/22/2015  Post a comment
Most C developers recognize that it is easy to write code, but what techniques should be followed to maximize portability of the code without compromising its integrity?
These 7 3D-Printed Engines and Parts Are Ready for Takeoff
Engineering Materials 
8/21/2015  2 comments
3D Printing has been creating working engines and engine parts for aerospace. Here are 7 of the best examples.
Is DFMA the Way Forward for Reshoring Efforts?
Blog 
8/21/2015  Post a comment
How is design for manufacturing and assembly being coordinated with total cost of ownership (TCO) strategies in the effort to reshore US manufacturing jobs?
Design Engineers Are Realizing the Advantages of Big Data
Electronics News 
8/21/2015  1 comment
Led by advances in connectivity, big manufacturers are beginning to capitalize on the advantages of Big Data.
For Apple, watchOS 2 Is Go-Time for Apple Watch
Blog 
8/21/2015  Post a comment
Apple's watchOS 2 promises new features for users and new freedom for app developers.
Why Are Plastic Film Capacitors Making a Comeback?
Blog 
8/20/2015  8 comments
After years of sluggishness, trends are pointing toward growth in the plastic film capacitors market.
Gadget Freak Case #271: Portable Weather Station
Gadget Freak 
8/20/2015  9 comments
Portable Electronic Weather Evaluator (PEWE) is a weather station equipped with multiple sensors for gauging temperature, wind speed, barometric pressure, and altitude.
This Device Delivers Electricity and Clean Water Simultaneously
Blog 
8/20/2015  3 comments
The SunSaluter is a solar tracker that purifies water while also using it to power and control the rotation of the solar panel.
Rapid Prototyping Advances with Inkjet-Based 3D Printing
Blog 
8/20/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing will present tips and details on process and materials for product development and manufacturing with inkjet-based prototyping in a three-day online course next week.
More Must Be Done to Overcome the Challenges to Reshoring
Blog 
8/19/2015  10 comments
Despite reports that reshoring efforts are bringing manufacturing back to the US, companies face separation difficulties in offshoring countries and issues when they do get back on domestic territory.
Virtual Reality Is Changing the Game of Sports
Blog 
8/19/2015  Post a comment
While virtual reality is bringing new dimensions to video games, it is also being used in real-life sports to take players and fans to the next level.
StemBox Offers Subscription Science Kits for Girls
STEM Connection 
8/19/2015  4 comments
StemBox is offering a monthly subscription box aimed at giving girls a hands-on approach to experimenting with science and engineering projects.
New Instrument Will Slash Test Times of e-Call Modules
Electronics News 
8/19/2015  Post a comment
A new multi-device test system promises to cut the time and cost of testing the telematics modules that will be installed in millions of new European cars in the next few years.
When the Internet of Things Doesn't Make Sense
Blog 
8/18/2015  14 comments
Implementing Internet of Things functionality into a product is often technically feasible. But is it really a good idea? In some cases, the IoT simply doesn't make sense.
A Rose is a Rose: How to Choose the Best 3D CAD Software
Blog 
8/18/2015  4 comments
All 3D CAD solutions are not the same. Here's a breakdown to help you pick the right one for your application.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
Blog 
8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
Graphical Programming Allows Small Staff to Design Big Machine
Electronics News 
8/18/2015  2 comments
How did Firefly Equipment design a machine without the help of software engineers?
So Just How Green Are Electric Vehicles, Really?
Blog 
8/17/2015  74 comments
To evaluate the EV lifecycle you have to go beyond debates around tailpipe emissions.
HMIs Bridge Different PLCs and Communication Protocols
Blog 
8/17/2015  Post a comment
There are three leading ways to establish communication among different PLCs. Here’s how to specify the best method for your application.
Who Will Come Out on Top of the IoT Protocol Wars?
Blog 
8/16/2015  Post a comment
Several consortiums are vying for their IoT method to be adopted by the masses. But who will win the war over IoT protocols?
Just Because It's Old Doesn't Mean It's the Problem
Sherlock Ohms 
8/15/2015  6 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.
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
Blog 
8/14/2015  2 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
Survey: Engineers Broaden CAFE Materials Usage As Midterm Review Begins
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
As the CAFE standards deadline looms and EPA midterm review begins, automotive engineers are broadening their materials use to help vehicles shed weight and using more fuel-efficiency technologies.
QuickLogic Claims World's Most Advanced Sensor Processing SoC
Blog 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
Custom semicon solutions supplier says its EOS S3 platform handles sensor-intensive applications at ultra-low power consumption.
3D Print Complete Electronic Prototypes in a Few Hours?
Engineering Materials 
8/14/2015  Post a comment
A project from the University of Texas at El Paso combines 3D printing of structures and electronics in the same part for faster prototyping.
Robot Brains Made of E. coli Bacteria?
Blog 
8/13/2015  2 comments
Engineered E. coli bacteria are showing up everywhere from fuel to fashion. Now Virginia Tech researchers are using them to construct robot brains.
Wearality Sky Is Bringing Virtual Reality Mainstream
Blog 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
The Wearality Sky is looking to bring immersive, affordable VR to smartphone users with its 3D-printed glasses.
Organization Gives Kids ‘Magic Arms’ Thanks to 3D Printing
Blog 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Magic Arms provides plastic, 3D-printed devices that help children who’ve lost the use of their arms due to neuromuscular disorders regain movement
Synthesizer for All Musical Skill Levels Takes Top Prize at TI Design Challenge
STEM Connection 
8/13/2015  Post a comment
Two University of Florida students have created a synthesizer that allows people of all musical skill levels—even the disabled— to make music.
The World's Most Unusual Robots (Slideshow)
Blog 
8/12/2015  2 comments
A new exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry examines the ever-growing capabilities of modern robots.
Tiny Robotic 'Wrist' Has the Skill to Perform Brain Surgery
Blog 
8/12/2015  Post a comment
A tiny mechanical wrist, developed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, is dexterous enough to perform even brain surgery procedures.
The Secret Behind Better Material Adhesion Is Surface Pretreatment
Blog 
8/12/2015  Post a comment
If you want the bonds between your design's components to be reliable and highly resistant to humidity, extreme temperatures, and aggressive substances, then pretreating the surfaces of those components is a must.
Design News Webcast Looks at the Latest in Sensors
Electronics News 
8/11/2015  Post a comment
If you’re itching to use the latest in sensor technology but aren’t sure you want to commit to the inevitable learning process, then you’ll want to take note of Thursday’s webinar, “New Developments in Sensors Technologies.”
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A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged school children a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
Technology and global expansion are playing key roles in making manufacturing an attractive field for women to join, more than ever before, said the president of a woman-owned family of companies.
A few years ago, reshoring roared onto the scene as the next great movement in manufacturing, but the data so far reflect otherwise.
In another sign that self-driving cars are on the distant horizon, Ford has been granted a patent for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats.”
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