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Giant Robot Will Build Huge Composite Parts for Mars and Beyond
Engineering Materials 
9/15/2015  2 comments
NASA has installed a giant composites-making robot to help fabricate the biggest reinforced parts ever for space vehicles, including Mars rovers and landers, plus planetary and lunar habitats.
Printed, NFC-Powered Energy-Harvesting Device for Sensor Networks Is Coming
9/15/2015  Post a comment
A UK applied research group aims to develop a printed energy-harvesting device powered by near-field communication technology.
Tesla Promises to Release $35K Sedan in 2017
Automotive News 
9/14/2015  12 comments
Tesla Motors dispelled rumors that it has fallen behind General Motors in the creation of an affordable long-range electric sedan.
The Challenge of Mobile Phone and IoT Antennas
9/13/2015  2 comments
Mobile phones and IoT products are adding wireless devices at a rapid rate. What antennas are being used for these applications, how well are they working, and what challenges do they face?
Competition Awards Designers for Inventing New Products Out of Recycled Materials
9/12/2015  1 comment
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is asking designers to take one man’s trash and turn it into treasure by developing innovative new products out of reused materials.
Device Translates Breath Into Words, Allows Paralyzed People to Speak
9/11/2015  2 comments
A group of researchers at Loughborough University in the UK developed the novel device for speech sufferers using a pressure transducer, an ADC, signal processing, and pattern-recognition software.
How to Improve Tactile Switch Actuation and Lifecycle
9/11/2015  Post a comment
Selecting the right switch for its force and feel can be crucial if you want to avoid a big hit to product quality.
Design Verification and Design Validation: What's the Difference?
9/11/2015  6 comments
Although it’s easy for professionals to incorrectly interchange the terms, "design verification" and "design validation" have very different meanings.
Free Industrial AM Database Adds Over 100 Machines and Materials
Engineering Materials 
9/10/2015  Post a comment
The free, searchable Senvol Database has added data on over 100 new machines and materials for industrial additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), bringing the total to more than 450 machines and 550 materials.
EV Battery Production Will Soar in the Next 5 Years
Automotive News 
9/10/2015  5 comments
A new study identifies the factors behind a predicted 20-fold growth in the production of electric vehicle batteries.
How to Ensure Mobile App Quality
9/10/2015  Post a comment
With so much smartphone and other device integration nowadays, mobile app performance and functionality can make or break your brand. Here are some tips and tests you need to make sure your app is the best it can be.
Design for Durability: A Strong Argument for 3D-Printed Parts
9/9/2015  2 comments
Additive manufacturing has come a long way in its ability to create functional, end-use parts. That said, focusing on key elements in both the design and production process is critical to strong, durable parts.
Turn on the UHF and the Plane Flips Over
Sherlock Ohms 
9/9/2015  8 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.
Energy Harvesting Digs Into Human Motion and Wearable Materials
9/9/2015  Post a comment
We look at two creations that can generate power on the order of tens of watts. One of them can use a range of materials, from polymers to paper.
Do Microcontrollers Really Need to Be This Complex?
9/8/2015  12 comments
If you've looked at an MCU user’s manual lately one thing should be clear: over-complexity has become a big problem.
National Instruments and IBM Testbed Works on Predictive Maintenance
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Motivated by IoT and hugely expensive industrial machinery breakdowns, NI and IBM want to bring new predictive maintenance analytics modeling techniques and industrial networking standards.
Build a Working Embedded Design Workbench for Less Than a Grand
9/7/2015  13 comments
There are a number of big-ticket items that every developer should have on his or her bench. Let’s examine the core tools that every developer needs to build an embedded workbench on a budget of $1,000.
Sakor Develops Test System for Next-Gen Dream Chaser Spacecraft
9/7/2015  Post a comment
Sakor Technologies has been tapped to provide a test system that will prove the capability of an atmospheric flight control system that the company has already designed for the space vehicle.
Electric Vehicle Batteries: Clean and Green, or Something Less?
9/7/2015  14 comments
A recent study examined the air-quality impacts of light-duty vehicles on human health in the US, including battery electric vehicles. However, there's more behind the batteries themselves.
DN Webcast Preview: Managing the Eyes and Ears of the IoT
9/7/2015  1 comment
Microcontrollers will likely provide the first level of data processing and storage needed to use sensor data efficiently in the information torrent of the Internet of Things.
This Robot Wants to be the MVP on the Football Field
Electronics News 
9/4/2015  2 comments
A small team of engineers has created a tackling dummy robot that's comparable to training with human players on the football field.
5 New Plastics For Medical Devices, Cars, and Wireless Antennas
Engineering Materials 
9/4/2015  3 comments
Several plastics and elastomers have come out recently for different parts of cars, as well as for multi-material medical devices and for onboard base station antenna components.
Capacitive Fabrics Are Creating Batteries You Can Wear
9/4/2015  Post a comment
Work in embedding conductive materials into commercially available yarn could lead to energy textiles that store power for use.
Novel Ball Bearing Looks to Cut Bearing Power Loss in Aviation
9/4/2015  1 comment
A ball bearing developed for turbofan engines by FAG Aerospace of Germany and MTU Aero Engines could have other uses such as turbines, pumps, and gearbox stages.
Old School Craftsmanship Is Alive, Well, and Inspirational for Labor Day
9/3/2015  4 comments
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
Gadget Freak Case #272: Motion Sensor Light Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/3/2015  7 comments
This homemade laser switch gives you multiple light control options using simple hand gestures.
Demilitarized Zones Join Defense-in-Depth in Plant Cyber Security Measures
9/2/2015  2 comments
Multiple defenses to harden network infrastructures and better management of user access are defeating cyber threats that can be physical, procedural, or electronic.
How to Gain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 2
9/2/2015  Post a comment
Linear guides are one of the most important components required for the design of automated or computer-controlled equipment. Aluminum profile extrusions, used for these guides, can enable designed-in functional features.
Comprehensive 3DP/AM Training Program by UL In the Works
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2015  Post a comment
UL is working on four major initiatives aimed at 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency Driving Global Medium-Voltage Motors Growth
9/2/2015  Post a comment
The oil and gas and power industries will combine for a hefty 45 percent of the global medium-voltage motors market, with oil and gas investments worldwide pushing demand.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
Engineering Materials 
9/1/2015  1 comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
MEMS Technology Transfer and the Fable of the 'Golden Wafer'
9/1/2015  2 comments
Everyone working in MEMS is chasing the ever-elusive golden wafer. But there is a moral to this story, and help is on the way.
Should Approved Vendor Lists Be More in Line with Design Cycles?
9/1/2015  3 comments
Despite pervasive emphasis on “faster, sooner, better,” companies that have multiple design cycles a year only update their approved vendor lists on an annual basis. Maybe it's time to rethink this.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
TI Releases E-Book Guide to the IIoT
8/30/2015  1 comment
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Solar-Powered Schoolbags Are a Light in the Lives of Underprivileged Students
8/29/2015  2 comments
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged schoolchildren 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  1 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
8/28/2015  1 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
8/28/2015  4 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  4 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
8/27/2015  5 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
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  3 comments
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
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
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
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  14 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
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?
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