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Learn to Design Internet-Connected Devices
Blog 
6/18/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Fred Eady, owner of EDTP Electronics, will teach you how to build an inexpensive garage door opener RF receiver and transmitter, as well as an Internet gateway using a Microchip 32-bit PIC MCU, among other things.
10 Pain-Free Steps to Configuring an Interrupt Controller
Blog 
6/17/2015  2 comments
Setting up interrupts properly on a microcontroller isn’t easy. Thankfully, there are steps that can be followed to alleviate these painful setup sessions and allow a developer to configure interrupts on the first try.
Next-Gen AR? Watch Microsoft's Remarkable HoloLens Demo
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
Is Microsoft creating the best version of augmented reality (AR) we've ever seen? A demonstration of the HoloLens headset at the company's press conference at E3 2015 is pointing to yes.
Carbon Fibers Spearhead Automotive Lightweighting Effort
Engineering Materials 
6/17/2015  1 comment
To meet looming fuel efficiency standards, automakers are using carbon fiber composites in hundreds of automotive components.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
Bacteria-Based Paper Battery Generates Energy from Drop of Water
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
A researcher from Binghamton University has developed a 3D-printed, bacteria-based battery made of paper that costs five cents to develop and folds up into the size of a matchbook.
The Future of Human-Machine Interfaces Is Now
Blog 
6/16/2015  2 comments
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
3D CAD Is Saving Time and Resources in the Entire Design Process
Guest Blogs 
6/16/2015  1 comment
For entrepreneurs and inventors, 3D digital designs of ideas and inventions save both time and resources, since 3D CAD can be used to initially test product design theories and understand all of their aspects without the need for building actual prototypes.
Virtual Reality Industry Is Getting Even More Real
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6/16/2015  Post a comment
Up until now, most of the VR experiences have been mainly ocular, allowing you to immerse yourself in 360-degree visual perspectives. But if the showroom floor at the Augmented World Expo is an indicator, VR is about to get even more real, bringing your eyes, body, and even your friends into the mix.
Can You Solve this Engineering Mystery?
Sherlock Ohms 
6/16/2015  13 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.
Is DIY Big Data the Next Big Thing?
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6/16/2015  Post a comment
There is going to be a staggering number and variety of sensors that are going to exist in the brave new IoT world. Just about every environmental, biological, and positioning metric you can think of is going to be available.
Chip Makers Target Internet of Things Complexity
Electronics News 
6/15/2015  2 comments
As issues of time and complexity increasingly dog embedded product developers, semiconductor makers are stepping in to help.
Choosing the Right Simulation Table for the Design Job
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6/15/2015  Post a comment
Advances in simulation tables are allowing faster and more effective testing on new products, parts, and subsystems. What should a design engineer know to choose the right simulation table for the job?
The Best of Sensors Expo 2015: 14 Award-Winning Technologies
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6/12/2015  Post a comment
Meet the 14 award-winning sensor innovations and applications from Sensors Expo 2015.
The Fallout from the UCLA Sterilization Failure Will be Better Medical Device Design
Engineering Materials 
6/12/2015  4 comments
Concerns about the rising number of infections acquired in US hospitals from reusable instruments is driving changes in medical device design and materials, mostly for the better.
Researchers Power Sensors, Camera With WiFi Signals
Blog 
6/12/2015  3 comments
A research team from the University of Washington has demonstrated the first sensors and camera to run powered only on signals from a WiFi router.
Medical Device Masterpieces Will Require Design Team Collaboration
William Ng 
6/11/2015  Post a comment
The greater need for effective user experiences in medical and healthcare products is heightening the profile of industrial design.
Used Buick Has a Short Fuse
Sherlock Ohms 
6/11/2015  10 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.
NASA Wants Your 3D Printed Habitat Design
Engineering Materials 
6/11/2015  4 comments
Think you can design 3D-printed deep space buildings that will sustain human life? Think your design can win out over zillions of entries? You've got until July 15 to submit your registration package to America Makes and NASA for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
Shooting for Industry 3.5
Blog 
6/10/2015  2 comments
A conference day of presentations at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show focused on advanced technology in plants.
6 New Plastics For Everything From Cables to High-Speed Fans & Motors
Engineering Materials 
6/10/2015  Post a comment
Some of our current assortment of plastics & elastomers are designed for contacting human skin in consumer products, while others are tough enough to go under the hood near automotive engines or make bearings for the continuous high rotational speeds of fans and motors.
Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications
Blog 
6/10/2015  1 comment
As we are on the cusp of the Industrial Internet of Things and its extensive connectivity potential, the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably among themselves, system controllers, and ultimately to their human overseers via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.
A Champion Is Crowned in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge
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6/10/2015  Post a comment
After two days of competition DARPA has announced the winners of its robotics challenge.
LED Technology Strives to be the ‘Cure’ for Medical Device Assembly
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6/9/2015  Post a comment
LED light-curing technology is catching on throughout the medical device industry, enabling manufacturers to maintain the quality of their products while also reducing costs and energy consumption.
5 Ways to Set Up Your Project for Success
Guest Blogs 
6/9/2015  9 comments
Experienced project managers know that proper preparation is the key for any successful project launch. To maximize your chances for success, here are five effective project preparation tips.
Made in the US Stamp on ABB Robots
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6/9/2015  Post a comment
ABB Robotics has opened a robot manufacturing facility in Auburn Heights, Mich.
B&R Automation Is Bullish on Connectivity and Smart Machinery Operations
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6/9/2015  Post a comment
The analysis of process data is emerging as a new frontier of industrial management, presenting many opportunities for manufacturers to enhance productivity and profitability by analyzing in real time the efficiency of machinery and components.
Spanish Firm Designs Bladeless Wind Turbine
Blog 
6/9/2015  18 comments
The Bladeless Vortex is more environmentally friendly and cost efficient than typical wind turbines, according to the Spanish company of the same name that invented it.
4 Factors That Determine if a Robot Can Do Your Job
Blog 
6/8/2015  15 comments
There are four key traits that determine if a robot could replace you at work. How does your position score?
Mechatronics Delivers Greater Mobility for Paraplegic Patients
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6/8/2015  Post a comment
The multidisciplinary field of mechatronics continues to find areas where it can deliver value in new ways. In medical, product development teams are bringing together multiple engineering disciplines, such as mechanics, sensing, electronics, and computing, to design robotic exoskeletons for people with paraplegia.
Mechatronics Education Fills Need for Multidisciplinary Engineering
STEM Connection 
6/8/2015  4 comments
The term “mechatronics” was coined by a Japanese company in the early 1970s, but only recently has the still-considered-emerging discipline become fully fleshed out at the academic level. Students are taught a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, including a systems integration approach to design and modeling.
Many-Core Processors for Control
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6/8/2015  Post a comment
The latest Intel processors are powering many-core industrial servers for control applications, and extending the impact of Moore’s Law into the future.
Hybrid 3DP/CNC System for Metals Costs Less
Engineering Materials 
6/8/2015  3 comments
It's possible to integrate both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one system to make a single part. An America Makes project spearheaded by Optomec makes structural metal parts, and for less than it used to cost.
Cyber Spy Versus Spy Hits the US Government Hard
Blog 
6/5/2015  3 comments
The hacking of federal government records takes cyber attacks to a new ominous level.
Go Fail in the Real World: Google[x]'s Advice to Engineers
Chris Wiltz 
6/5/2015  13 comments
What do all of Google[x]'s high-profile projects have in common? They all come from a mindset that any engineer can emulate.
Rodon: How Part Design and Injection Molding Meld Into a High-Quality Part
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6/5/2015  Post a comment
Although everyone knows that plastic injection molding can produce mass volumes of parts with precision and low cost, not every manufacturer gets the process right, which could defeat its purpose and hamper production.
Flexible Is the New Fast in Redefined Automation and Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
6/5/2015  Post a comment
We are entering a new era of manufacturing -- one in which mass production is giving way to mass customization. A global marketplace, built on rich e-commerce platforms and make-to-order product configurations, is making “now” a great time to be a consumer -- but a challenging one to be a manufacturer.
Aerospace-Grade Aluminum Gives Structure to Smartphones
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2015  10 comments
Samsung has chosen an aerospace-grade of Alcoa aluminum for the body of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones, giving them a thinner and lighter design.
Compliance Management Helps Medical Device Makers Cope with Regulatory Burdens
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6/5/2015  Post a comment
Companies in regulated industries such as medical devices and pharmaceuticals face increasing challenges in developing products that can make it through compliance hurdles and get to market -- and do so profitably.
Think You Know 3D Printing? Take The Challenge
Blog 
6/4/2015  1 comment
Design News and Stratasys invite you to test your 3D printing knowledge and win prizes in the Stratasys 3D-Printing Knowledge Challenge.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
Engineering Materials 
6/4/2015  Post a comment
Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
Certification Training Brokers Peace Between OT and IT
Blog 
6/4/2015  Post a comment
A certified training program developed by Rockwell Automation and Cisco Systems prepares plant personnel for IoT and aligns the priorities between control and IT.
Gadget Freak Case #268: The Handy Rival
Gadget Freak 
6/3/2015  3 comments
The Handy Rival is an arcade game that allows an individual to play rock, paper, scissors against a robotic hand.
Solvay Revs Up With All-Plastic Engine
Engineering Materials 
6/3/2015  26 comments
Solvay, known for its extensive work getting the 100% solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aloft earlier this year, is taking a leadership role in developing an all-plastic car engine, the Polimotor 2.
New Manufacturing Tech Creates a New Form of Business
Blog 
6/3/2015  7 comments
Technology has changed manufacturing and it has changed product design. Now it's changing the very nature of business.
Does LG's Watch Urbane Fit the Smartwatch Bill?
Blog 
6/2/2015  3 comments
At first glance, LG's Watch Urbane looks like a regular watch; will we be disappointed by what's inside? Let's find out.
Successful Collaboration Between Design & Software Engineering Will Need Uptake
Blog 
6/2/2015  2 comments
The disciplines of industrial design and mechanical engineering -- often at odds in the past -- have brokered a workable and productive relationship.
Energy-Harvesting Knee Brace Could Power Medical Devices
Blog 
6/2/2015  2 comments
A group of engineering students at Rice University have designed a knee brace that harvests energy from walking, which potentially can be reused to power small medical devices and even an artificial heart.
Regional & Technological Trends Propel the Global Food Packaging Machinery Market
Blog 
6/2/2015  Post a comment
The global packaged food market is still rising, thanks to constantly changing consumer preferences and growing demand in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and the global food packaging machinery market is continuing to ride its fortunes.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Filters
Blog 
6/1/2015  7 comments
An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Charles J. Lord, PE, will teach you all about both designing your own filters as well as choosing turnkey solutions.
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