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Survey: Engineers Want Better Plastics Performance, Recycling Technology
Engineering Materials 
4/13/2015  Post a comment
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Here are 10 Robots You Can Make Yourself
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2015  1 comment
From simple mods to more complex builds, here's a list and instructions for some of our favorite DIY robot projects.
Robotics Week Embraces Autonomous Vehicles
Blog 
4/10/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week adopted a broader definition of robotics Thursday, as it shifted its focus from factory floor robots to autonomous vehicles and drones.
Wiring the Factory of the Future: Passive or Active?
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2015  1 comment
The Internet of Things is bringing smarter production processes to the factory floor and simultaneously driving data volume and diversity up -- quickly.
Great Robots from Film and TV
Blog 
4/10/2015  5 comments
To help close out National Robotics Week, we talk you on a walk through images of robots depicted in film and TV over the past six decades.
Robots & Humans Leg it Out For Charity
Blog 
4/10/2015  7 comments
In the robotics field, there’s much discussion about the imminent intersection of humans and robots in daily life. In a glimpse of possible future scenarios, the two will come together for a good cause Sunday, April 12, at the first Robot Race and Human 5K in Cambridge, Mass., to celebrate the end of National Robotics Week.
These 15 Robots Will Weird You Out
Blog 
4/9/2015  7 comments
When it comes to robots, as well as other things, weird is definitely in the eye of the beholder. We've collected 15 of them here, in recognition of National Robotics Week, including a few favorites you may have missed, and a bunch of new ones we want to make sure you see.
Robot Manufacturer, Astronomers Battle Over Lawnmower
Electronics News 
4/9/2015  20 comments
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Learning From a Hands-On Motor Control Project
Blog 
4/9/2015  Post a comment
During a recent CEC course, Warren Miller encouraged attendees to try a hands-on project to further solidify the course content. Read on for more helpful information regarding that class, and also find it in our archive.
DARPA Asks Teens to Determine Future Societal Impact of Robots
STEM Connection 
4/9/2015  1 comment
A STEM contest called Robots4Us, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, asks high school students to create two-to-three-minute videos that focus on what impact robots will have on society in the future, and in particular how they can help us.
It's Time for the Apple Watch Teardown
Blog 
4/8/2015  13 comments
Announced September 9, 2014, the Apple Watch is the company's first foray into smart wearables.
Software Is Using Biomimicry to Optimize Part Design
Blog 
4/8/2015  3 comments
As additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, becomes more and more sophisticated and capable of direct production in some applications, a class of software is emerging that exploits the capability of AM technology to produce objects in a highly freeform manner.
Industrial Robots Are Changing the Factory
Blog 
4/8/2015  1 comment
Just in time for National Robotics Week, here's a collection of industrial robots that are changing the very nature of the factory.
igus Celebrates National Robotics Week at the Robot Block Party
STEM Connection 
4/8/2015  1 comment
igus will celebrate National Robotics Week 2015 at the second-annual Rhode Island Robot Block Party on April 11, demonstrating its robot-related products and providing robot giveaways to lucky winners.
Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
Made by Monkeys 
4/8/2015  21 comments
One reader had to dismantle the Mazda Tribute for the sake of changing the alternator and some spark plugs.
15 Robots That Project a Human Vibe
Electronics News 
4/7/2015  2 comments
Increasingly, a new breed of humanoid robots can walk, run, see, hear, and even think. For some people, it’s too close for comfort.
Emergence of an IIoT Ecosystem
Blog 
4/7/2015  6 comments
Deployments of Internet of Things applications are lagging expectations, as engineers deal with the networking and software complexities of serving field data to multiple applications and clients.
5 Don’ts & Do’s When Working with a Contract Manufacturer
Blog 
4/7/2015  2 comments
Heeding these 10 tips can prevent headaches when using contract manufacturing.
Trading Cards Celebrate Robot ‘All-Stars'
STEM Connection 
4/7/2015  1 comment
The robot trading cards are the result of a brainstorming session in a College of Computing communications meeting at Georgia Tech.
Hydraulic Solution for Flash-Butt Welding
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2015  Post a comment
New flash welding innovation uses hydraulic motion control, and enables patented welding process for as much as 50% less cost.
National Robotics Weeks Hits the STEM World
Blog 
4/6/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week runs April 4-12, 2015 and offers a wide range of activities, events, and resources to show the importance of robots and the creativity that goes into robotics.
New Technologies Reduce Diesel Emissions to Near-Zero
Blog 
4/6/2015  5 comments
Advanced emissions technologies designed to work with ULSD fuel are driving a new breed of light-duty diesel vehicles.
MCUs Embrace New Demand for Ultra-Low Power Innovation
Blog 
4/6/2015  Post a comment
An emphasis on portability and sensor fusion is creating a need for ultra-low-power MCUs with more processing capability.
How to Ensure Long-Term Success with Risk-Based Product Design
Blog 
4/6/2015  Post a comment
Risk-based product design spans the entire life cycle of a product and has the potential to more broadly anticipate and mitigate a product’s impact on manufacturers, end-users, and the general public.
Injection Molding Adapts to a More Interconnected World
Blog 
4/6/2015  Post a comment
Rapid molding is changing the face of injection molding, as globalization, low-energy concerns, and the Internet of Things bump up the SKU count for many products.
Audi's New Controller Will Pave the Way for Autonomous Driving
Automotive News 
4/3/2015  24 comments
Audi AG took a big step forward in autonomous driving technology this week, announcing that it will go to production with a “piloted” driving controller about the size of a tablet computer.
6 Essentials for a Successful Product Development Partnership
Blog 
4/3/2015  Post a comment
Here are six tips for maximizing the probability of getting exactly what you want and expect from a product development service provider
Digitized Manufacturing is the New Wave of Medical Implant Design
Blog 
4/3/2015  6 comments
The use of digital manufacturing technology is benefiting doctors and patients as well as the designers and engineers behind medical implants.
SABIC Focuses on 3D Printing's Shift to Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/3/2015  Post a comment
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
Blog 
4/2/2015  4 comments
Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.
Will H-1B Visas Kill Jobs or Ensure Survival of the Fittest?
Electronics News 
4/2/2015  20 comments
As the annual scramble for H-1B visas begins anew this week, the debate over the viability of the program is heating up again.
3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2015  Post a comment
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
UK Researchers Have Found the Strongest Biological Substance Ever Tested
Blog 
4/2/2015  3 comments
For many years, it was believed that the strongest biological substance on Earth was spider silk, but new research says aquatic snails produce an even stronger material that could disrupt manufacturing forever.
How to be an Engineer in a State of Emergency
Blog 
4/2/2015  Post a comment
Most everyone thinks they are ready for an emergency or a disaster. Most everyone is wrong. But engineers are a unique position here as both the designers and beneficiaries of emergency preparedness systems.
The 10 Greatest Hoaxes in the History of Engineering
Blog 
4/1/2015  38 comments
From faux innovations, to fake artificial intelligence, to an Internet-ready Porta-Potty, here's a look at our favorite hoaxes throughout engineering history.
The Engine Improvements That Are Making Diesel Cleaner
Blog 
4/1/2015  45 comments
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
4/1/2015  7 comments
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
The Failure of 'New Coke' Is a Helpful Lesson for Engineers
Blog 
4/1/2015  29 comments
Nearly 30 years after its release, 'New Coke' is still a lesson in product failure for engineers.
Automotive Circuit Protection Using High-Reliability TVS Diodes
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2015  Post a comment
Transient-voltage-suppression diode technology eliminates surges and enhances vehicle safety.
Power Plants Have a Big Cyber Security Problem
Blog 
3/31/2015  4 comments
An attack on the grid could do mammoth damage and experts say our power plants are the least equipped to withstand cyber attacks.
Myo Wants to Be a Mouse for All Your Electronic Devices
Blog 
3/31/2015  3 comments
Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.
Seamless 3D Simulation – Blending Big Data into CAD
Blog 
3/31/2015  Post a comment
The big data processing of 3D simulation is now blended into CAD programs to ease and speed the design workflow.
10 Plastics You Shouldn't Have Missed at NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2015  4 comments
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
Improved Machine Design Can Help Raise Compliance with Lockout/Tagout Safety Rules
Guest Blogs 
3/31/2015  1 comment
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  9 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
ACE Awards Will Honor the Best in Electronics Design Engineering
Blog 
3/30/2015  Post a comment
EDN and EETimes are welcoming nominations for their ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards.
3D Simulation Goes Mainstream
Blog 
3/30/2015  1 comment
Simulation is no longer reserved for large automotive and aerospace companies. Even small companies in the life sciences are now benefiting from simulation.
Nano-Scale Steel Powders Upgrade Additive Manufacturing Parts
Blog 
3/30/2015  Post a comment
NanoSteel Co., which develops high-performance steel alloys, began producing steel powders for additive manufacturing (AM) last year and now supplies them commercially for freeform laser deposition and laser powder bed fusion processes.
Amazon Holds Contest to Innovate Warehouse Automation
Blog 
3/30/2015  1 comment
The Amazon Picking Challenge wants contestants to push the next step of warehouse automation.
The Design Basics for Solar Parking Lots You Need to Know
Blog 
3/30/2015  22 comments
Parking lots, garage rooftops, and carports are prime spaces for commercial-scale solar energy systems. But engineering a solar carport comes with unique challenges. Here are the basics that system engineers need to know.
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