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FAA Drone Draft Has Parrot Talking
Blog 
2/24/2015  2 comments
When the Federal Aviation Administration released draft regulations for small commercial-use drones, much of the initial reaction from those living in the US leaned negative, largely because most companies seeking to profit from drones have a vested interest in minimum oversight.
Who Inspired You to be an Engineer?
Blog 
2/24/2015  18 comments
In honor of Engineers Week, DiscoverE asked its 2015 Thought Leaders this simple question. Now, dear readers, we'd like to hear your stories.
A Look Inside the Industrial Internet Consortium
Blog 
2/24/2015  Post a comment
Delivering an Industrial-strength Internet will require new technology, reference architectures, and security frameworks -- but, most of all, unparalleled collaboration.
Controlled Landing and Ascent
Guest Blogs 
2/24/2015  Post a comment
Electromechanical actuators and propulsion system enable the first controlled landing and ascent from a solar system body other than the moon.
The Impact of the Maker Movement
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
The Maker movement is bringing engineering into the mainstream. Makers around the world are inspiring each other to create (or “make”) smart gadgets, robotic gizmos, autonomous drones, and wearable devices. These innovations are no longer monopolized by multimillion dollar companies.
Top 15 Cities for High-Paying STEM Jobs
STEM Connection 
2/23/2015  15 comments
Looking for a high-paying STEM job? The San Francisco Bay Area remains a good place to go to have a successful career in these fields, according to a recent study by financial analyst and data firm, SmartAsset, but it's still not the highest paying area of the country.
Welcome to National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Through this week, DiscoverE will present National Engineers Week, a series of programs around the country that are designed to raise awareness of the importance of engineering.
3 Secrets to Becoming 'Awesomely, Amazingly, World-Class Excellent'
Blog 
2/23/2015  4 comments
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that average Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 spend 30% of their lifetimes working weekends on top of already heavily loaded work weeks. In total, Americans spend almost three times the amount of waking hours at work than at home. But what do we get as a result of all this overachievement?
This Year's 10 Next-Gen Medical Materials
Engineering Materials 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Many of the new materials on display at MD&M West were developed to be strong, tough replacements for metal parts in different kinds of medical equipment: IV poles, connectors for medical devices, medical device trays, and torque-applying instruments for orthopedic surgery. Others are made for close contact with patients.
CAD Moves to the Start of Design
Blog 
2/23/2015  2 comments
Computer tools have replaced the drawing board as CAD software moves to the earliest stages of the design process.
Keithley Introduces New Touchscreen Digital Multimeter
Electronics News 
2/23/2015  Post a comment
In an effort to appeal to individuals who don’t consider themselves test experts, Keithley Instruments has rolled out a new digital multimeter that combines a touchscreen interface with a digitizer.
Smartphone App Opens Your Car Doors
Automotive News 
2/20/2015  5 comments
The smartphone may be on the verge of its next great automotive conquest -- the inside of your car door.
Powering a Wireless Device For 40 Years
Guest Blogs 
2/20/2015  2 comments
Combining energy-saving product design and advanced lithium batteries enables wireless devices to operate maintenance-free for up to four decades.
Fanuc to Invest $1B in Plants & Research
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2/20/2015  Post a comment
Fanuc Corp. is cutting loose a chunk of its $8.4 billion stockpile of cash into order to build a new manufacturing plant and a research and development facility.
5 Ways to Tell if You are a Manager or a Leader
Blog 
2/20/2015  1 comment
It’s a professional reality that all bosses are not great bosses. Anyone can become a manager, but to become a leader, other behaviors become distinguishing factors.
Adhesives Get Tougher, Stronger, and More Versatile
Blog 
2/20/2015  1 comment
Engineers have more to pick from performance-wise when it comes to both structural and non-structural adhesives for many industries. New technologies for joining dissimilar materials can also reduce the need for fasteners and improve welds.
Buying Tesla? The Wildest Theory Yet About the Apple Car
Blog 
2/19/2015  12 comments
If Apple is really planning on building its own car, it'll take a bold move like this one to make it happen.
Shortcut to Embedded Programming with Baremetal C
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2/19/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on Baremetal C Programming for Embedded Systems will offer time-saving shortcuts.
Manufacturers Brace for Baby Boomer Exodus
Blog 
2/19/2015  6 comments
Manufacturers and distributors are planning for growth and getting ready for the leadership succession from the Boomers to the Gen Xers, according to a new survey.
Reducing Verification Time with Future-Proofed HIL Testing
Guest Blogs 
2/19/2015  Post a comment
Hardware-in-the-loop test platforms enable manufacturers to deal with increasing software complexity.
Fluid Power Challenge Exposes Teens to STEM
STEM Connection 
2/19/2015  1 comment
Junior high STEM students from around Minnesota had the opportunity to experiment with fluid power recently in a statewide competition to invent machines with real-world applicability.
H-1B Visas: What’s Your Take?
Blog 
2/18/2015  30 comments
H-1B visas are one of the most controversial issues in the engineering community. According to many companies, these visas (which allow for temporary employment of high-skilled foreign workers) are needed to address the so-called “skills gap.”
Smart Fabric Sensors for Wearables Inspired by Musical Instruments
Engineering Materials 
2/18/2015  Post a comment
New sensor technology integrates sensors, traces, and electronics into a smart fabric for wearables that measures more dimensions -- force, location, size, twist, bend, stretch, and motion -- and displays data in 3D maps.
Chevy Bolt Announcement Signals Battery Improvement
Automotive News 
2/17/2015  24 comments
Last week’s news that Chevrolet will take its all-electric Bolt concept car to production could be a sign that there's a step-change in EV battery technology on the horizon.
10 Must-Have Skills for Embedded Engineers
Blog 
2/17/2015  2 comments
From getting familiar with open source software to developing apps, industry professionals are urging embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Feds Auction Off Coastal Waters for Offshore Wind Farm Development
Blog 
2/17/2015  13 comments
Two companies won leases to develop more than 350,000 acres of area in the waters off Massachusetts for wind energy in a federal auction of coastal waters, paving the way for the largest offshore wind farm to date in the United States.
Apple Could be Building its Own Car
Blog 
2/16/2015  5 comments
After a hiring push for automotive experts, Apple is fueling rumors it is building its own car.
Detroit Man's 21-Mile Walk Reveals the Complex Reality of Manufacturing Jobs
Chris Wiltz 
2/16/2015  12 comments
Detroiter James Robertson's 21-mile daily walk to work has drawn national attention. Many blame his $10.55 a hour wage for his situation, but the reality reflects a more complex picture of the manufacturing landscape.
Want to Live in a Wind Turbine?
Blog 
2/16/2015  29 comments
Ever look at the base structure of wind turbines and think it would be a cool place to live? Probably not, but a German designer from Dusseldorf has, and developed a concept to use that space to build apartments sustained by electricity generated by the turbines themselves.
Manufacturing Tech Tools You Need Now
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2/16/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing vendors showed off their newest tech tools at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif. last week. This is what they had to say about them.
Mouser Rolls Out ‘Empowering Engineering’ Campaign with Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara
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2/13/2015  Post a comment
Mouser will release a series of webisodes throughout 2015 related to cutting-edge engineering design and technologies that will highlight the components that go into them, including evaluation modules, processors, development boards, wireless cards and sensors.
Suppliers Make Manufacturing Smarter With Industry 4.0
Electronics News 
2/13/2015  1 comment
The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” gained momentum this week, as a handful of automation suppliers rolled out products aimed at creating smarter, more flexible factories.
Low Power Optimization Is Just Too Complicated
Guest Blogs 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Remember when design decisions for optimizing low-power MCU applications were simple? All you needed to do was select when to put the MCU into the low-power mode and when to wake it up. Once it was awake, you just ran the required code as quickly as possible. Simple, right? Well, these days designing for power efficiency isn’t so simple. Why is that the case?
3D Printing, Fastening Methods, & That Big Red Robot
Engineering Materials 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
As we saw on the show floor this week at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., 3D printing is contributing to distributed manufacturing and being reinvented by engineers for their own needs. Meanwhile, new fasteners are appearing for wearable consumer and medical devices and Baxter Robot has another software upgrade.
Hot Technology from Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Here's a collection of new products that were featured at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week.
Emerging Objects is 3D Printing with Unusual Materials
Blog 
2/12/2015  14 comments
Salt, ceramic, sand, even chocolate are just a few of the materials Emerging Objects uses to print large structures.
IIoT Top of Mind at Manufacturing Show
Blog 
2/12/2015  1 comment
Manufacturing professionals at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week discussed the opportunities and dangers of the Industrial Internet of Things.
Materials Get Tough & Light at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2015  Post a comment
Suppliers at MD&M West and PLASTEC West are talking about developing new materials and processes for wearable medical devices and more intricate compact devices, new sterilization methods, more applications where plastics replace metal, and expanding test data for selecting materials for single-use applications.
North America Sees Record Robot Orders, Shipments in ’14
William Ng 
2/11/2015  1 comment
North American manufacturing industries set a new record for robotics demand in 2014 with a 28% surge in unit orders, according to the Robotics Industries America trade group.
IIoT Blooms with Applications and Possibilities
Blog 
2/11/2015  3 comments
Mass customization has already arrived. Buildings only light rooms when people are present. The farm soil will tell you when it needs water -- in fact, it will water itself. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is exploding with possibilities, and the deployment is now, not is some highly developed future.
Gadget Freak Workshop Demonstrates the Power of Wireless
Electronics News 
2/11/2015  1 comment
Gadget freaks from around the country this week learned the power of a simple 8-bit microcontroller and a small wireless card.
MakerBot, Xavier University Partner on 3D Printing Innovation Center
STEM Connection 
2/11/2015  1 comment
Xavier University has become the first private university to open a MakerBot Innovation Center dedicated to giving students and researchers access to 3D printing technology.
BMW i3: The 'Most Significant Vehicle Since the Model T'
Automotive News 
2/10/2015  22 comments
A well-known automotive consultant who did an extensive teardown of BMW’s i3 all-electric car said its design is groundbreaking in multiple ways. “We’ve torn down about 450 cars, and we’ve never analyzed anything like this before.”
China Leads the Market for Robots
Blog 
2/10/2015  3 comments
By 2017, China will lead the world in deployed industrial robots. A thriving auto industry is driving China's robotics.
6 Considerations for Designing a Wearable Device
Blog 
2/9/2015  6 comments
So you want to design a wearable device? In this world of rapidly expanding devices, here are a few simple design considerations to keep in mind when tackling a new development.
What Do You Want to Know About Motor Control?
Guest Blogs 
2/9/2015  2 comments
Now is your chance to tell us what you would like to learn during the March 9-13 Continuing Education Center Class, "Implementing Motor Control Designs with MCUs and FPGAs: An Introduction and Update."
2015 James Dyson Award Invites Innovation From Student Engineers
STEM Connection 
2/9/2015  1 comment
The annual international student engineering competition is now open for entries.
See the Latest in 3D Printing & AM at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
2/9/2015  1 comment
3D printing and additive manufacturing are a major focus of technical sessions, presentations, panel discussions, exhibits, and industry tours at this week's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif.. Here are some highlights.
It’s Time to Throw Out What You Know About 3D Printing
William Ng 
2/6/2015  7 comments
Design the way you’ve always designed, and you won’t get anything out of 3D printing that’s different from what you’ve always gotten before 3D printing. This is a key ingredient in the secret sauce of additive manufacturing.
10 Materials Suppliers You Shouldn't Miss at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/6/2015  Post a comment
Materials on exhibit at next week's MD&M West, PLASTEC West, and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif. will include several polymers, adhesives, and ceramics you should definitely see, as well as some new processes.
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