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Stratasys Adds 3D Printing to Next-Gen Smart Appliances
Blog 
10/3/2014  6 comments
Stratasys will lend its 3D printing expertise to GE’s community effort to build the next-generation of home appliances. The 3D printing manufacturer and service provider is providing 3D printers as part of a new partnership of FirstBuild, an affiliate of GE that aims to use the ingenuity of technologists in an online community to build more intelligent appliances.
12 Tech Acquisitions That Made You Say, 'Huh?'
Blog 
10/2/2014  15 comments
Check out these strange technology acquisitions. Many of these mergers became burdens the companies couldn't bear.
SABIC Dishes On 3D-Printed Car Materials
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2014  2 comments
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
Can You Really Slip on a Banana Peel?
Blog 
10/2/2014  12 comments
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Flexible Solar Cell Can Be Woven Into Energy-Harvesting Fabric
Blog 
10/2/2014  1 comment
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
Chew On This: Chin Strap Harvests Energy
Blog 
10/1/2014  20 comments
Researchers in Canada have developed a chin strap that harvests energy from chewing and can potentially power a digital earplug that can provide both protection and communication capabilities.
6 Reasons to Go For the Golden Mousetrap
Blog 
10/1/2014  2 comments
In case you haven't heard, the deadline to enter the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards is coming up fast – Oct. 28! Have you entered yet?
Kitchen Timer Buckles Under Pressure
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2014  13 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
'Feeling' Virtual Objects in Virtual Space With 3D-Haptics Technology
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/1/2014  5 comments
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
CFD Analysis: Making Better Buildings
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2014  3 comments
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
3D-Printed Limbs Turn Kids into Superheroes
Blog 
9/30/2014  29 comments
Enabling the Future is designing prosthetic appendages modeled more like superhero arms and hands than your average static artificial limbs. And they’re doing it through a website and grassroots movement inspired by two men’s design and creation in 2012 of a metal prosthetic for a child in South Africa.
Security Is Going Down to the Device
Blog 
9/30/2014  1 comment
In order to keep an enterprise truly safe from hackers, cyber security has to go all the way down to the device level. Icon Labs is making the point that security has to be built into device components.
India's Mangalyaan Probe Reaches Mars
Blog 
9/30/2014  13 comments
Three days after NASA's MAVEN probe reached Mars, India's Mangalyaan probe went into orbit around the red planet. India's first interplanetary mission, and the first successful Mars probe launched by an Asian nation, has a total project cost of nearly $600 million less than MAVEN's.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
STEM Connection 
9/30/2014  2 comments
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Video: Interactive, Arcade-Style Sandbox
Blog 
9/29/2014  17 comments
Sega is releasing a new futuristic sandbox that uses height sensors and projection mapped projectors to cast pictures that correspond to what you're making.
Malfunctioning Fridge Causes Meltdown
Sherlock Ohms 
9/29/2014  20 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.
Conference Supports & Highlights Women in Engineering
STEM Connection 
9/29/2014  24 comments
About 7,000 female engineers and organizations interested in fostering diversity are expected to attend the Society of Women Engineers conference Oct. 23-25 in Los Angeles.
Battery-Free Power in Ant-Sized Chip
Pamela Moore 
9/29/2014  8 comments
Here's a battery-free chip the size of ant. It gathers power from electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna, allowing it to power itself as it operates.
4 Steps For Improving Your Design Engineering Career
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  14 comments
Designers increasingly need to have a seat at the management table, says Steve Vassallo, general partner at VC investing company Foundation Capital. Here's how to get yours.
Are Samsungs' LEDs Better?
Pamela Moore 
9/26/2014  11 comments
Seoul Semiconductor has been touting an AC LED for many years, yet few other manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon. That is, until recently: Samsung has announced its own AC LED.
13 Reasons to Enter the 3D Printing Student Design Contest
STEM Connection 
9/26/2014  12 comments
Conducted by 3D printing leader Stratasys, the 2015 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students around the world in engineering, design, and art or architecture.
What Made the Mustang Burn Oil?
Sherlock Ohms 
9/26/2014  28 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.
Plant HMI Goes Millennial
Blog 
9/26/2014  17 comments
Plant user interfaces are beginning to incorporate the consumer features such as swipe, double tap, and pinch. The driver is Millennials who expect plant equipment to match the sophistication of the smartphone.
Recycled Tires Find New Use in Car Batteries
Blog 
9/26/2014  10 comments
A team out of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using materials from old tires to design new car batteries.
MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Engineering Materials 
9/25/2014  17 comments
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
EV Makers Await More Battery Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
9/25/2014  45 comments
Electric vehicle batteries are progressing rapidly, but there’s still no sign on the horizon that the technology is going to revolutionize the auto industry anytime soon, experts said at The Battery Show in Detroit last week.
Teaching Electrical Engineering Concepts With Squishy Circuits
STEM Connection 
9/25/2014  18 comments
Is it possible to teach electrical engineering concepts to 5 year olds? AnnMarie Thomas, an engineering professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, thinks so.
Fairchild Pivots to Quicken Customers’ Time to Market
Blog 
9/25/2014  1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor recently rebranded itself to focus the company’s resources on the development of power products and services designed to help design engineers shorten the time-to-market for mobile devices and wearable technologies, among other products.
Teardown: Apple's iPhone 6
Blog 
9/24/2014  23 comments
Released on September 19, 2014, this 4.7-inch screen iPhone is the smaller version of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Wearables Need to Get More Human
Pamela Moore 
9/24/2014  38 comments
Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer at New Deal Design, explains how to improve human factors in wearable design.
3D-Printed Filament Is Wood-Reinforced Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
9/24/2014  5 comments
More bioplastic materials have entered the 3D-printable filament fray. These PLA formulations reinforced with wood or bamboo fibers will debut at the October Composites Europe show in Germany.
A $20K Unserviceable TV Graphics Machine
Made by Monkeys 
9/24/2014  18 comments
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
iPhone 6 Plus Teardown
Blog 
9/23/2014  31 comments
Released on September 19, 2014, this 5.5 inch screen iPhone is the larger version of the iPhone 6, whose teardown follows tomorrow.
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About SoC FPGAs But Were Afraid to Ask
Electronic News & Comment 
9/23/2014  2 comments
A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
What Can Engineers Learn From 4 Year Olds?
STEM Connection 
9/23/2014  16 comments
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
16 Great Engineering Schools You Never Hear About
Electronic News & Comment 
9/22/2014  12 comments
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
More Video Hum Bar Problems
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2014  5 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.
Airbus' 3D-Printed Metal Spacecraft Hinge
Engineering Materials 
9/22/2014  10 comments
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
Cigarette Butts Recycled Into Powerful Energy-Storage Material
Blog 
9/22/2014  14 comments
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
15 Great Hacker Movies
Blog 
9/19/2014  33 comments
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
An Engineer's Understanding of 'Feature-Advantage-Benefit'
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2014  11 comments
Feature-advantage-benefit could help engineers in how we approach design problems, how we sell our ideas to management, and how we market ourselves when it comes to jobs.
Automotive Subsystems & Network-on-Chip Technology
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2014  2 comments
Many diverse markets take advantage of semiconductor IP; so many that no one can recite the entire list without leaving off several. So why do we track all the vertical markets? They all have a unique set of requirements and value attributes differently. One major vertical market segment is automotive.
Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar
Gadget Freak 
9/18/2014  12 comments
Adam Berger hacked a computer keyboard into a mini key-tar to play with his band.
Stratasys Reveals Latest Multi-Materials 3D Printers
Engineering Materials 
9/18/2014  2 comments
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
DARPA Hopes to Heal Soldiers' Bodies & Minds With Brain Microchip
Blog 
9/18/2014  12 comments
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
Class Provides Introduction to MCU Software Development
Electronic News & Comment 
9/18/2014  12 comments
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide."
$500 for Winner of Dare to Dream Medical Device Contest
Pamela Moore 
9/17/2014  9 comments
The Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge celebrates and encourages innovation in medtech. The biggest dreamer will receive a check for $500, while the first and second runners-up will receive $250 and $100, respectively. Submit your idea for a dream medtech device today and may the best dreamer win!
Video: BMW's i3 Electric Car Fuels Up With a Home Depot Generator
Guest Blogs 
9/17/2014  42 comments
Watch BMW's newest electric car, the i3, being charged with an everyday Home Depot-rented, gas-powered generator.
Strength & Stiffness: What’s the Difference?
Guest Blogs 
9/17/2014  8 comments
Asking yourself the simple question, “Is this a strength problem or a stiffness problem?” can prevent many design mistakes.
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
Blog 
9/17/2014  1 comment
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
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