Content posted in January 2012
Ford Recycles CES Plastic for Car Seats
Engineering Materials 1/27/2012
Ford and Unifi, maker of Repreve, will gather and recycle 2 million plastic bottles at CES and other shows for conversion into the Repreve seat fabric used in the 2012 Focus EV.
Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 1/26/2012
Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
Design News Radio Explores Next-Generation PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 1/20/2012
Join Design News Radio in a live radio program and companion chat Thursday, Jan. 26, at 2 PM EST to explore how next-generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is pushing CAD tools and product development processes to the next level.
MEMS Gains Respect at CES 2012
As the MEMS industry spans a myriad of industries and markets, the future of MEMS in consumer electronics will enable a myriad of functionality, applications, and personalization.
Gadget Freak Case #203: Smart Recycle Can
Gadget Freak 1/17/2012
This recycler determines the type of material being entered, by scanning it in or entering it via a touchscreen; and an RC servomotor opens the trash flap, dropping the material in the can.
Jack 7.1 Explores Human Side of Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 1/17/2012
With the latest release of its Jack human simulation modeling software, Siemens PLM is aiming to make it easier to conduct ergonomic and safety studies on the manufacturing floor and beyond.
PLM Startup Targets Efficiency
CAD/CAM Corner 1/11/2012
Positioning itself as the anti-PLM, Kenesto is readying a cloud-based process automation tool that aims to bring efficiencies to manufacturers' product development processes.
Chevy Volt Beefs Up Battery Safety
Automotive News 1/10/2012
General Motors said it will beef up the battery safety structure, add a sensor, and install a bracket in the Chevy Volt to prevent the type of post-crash fire that occurred in a Department of Transportation garage last year.
Virtually Perfect Pumps PLM 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 1/10/2012
PLM veteran Michael Grieves's new book, Virtually Perfect, shines a spotlight on how manufacturing giants like Boeing and Apple are driving innovation and efficiencies through virtual product development.
TurboViewer App Enhances CAD Experience
CAD/CAM Corner 1/9/2012
Trying to carve out a front runner position in the mobile design tool apps market, IMSI/Design has released version 2.0 of its professional 3D mobile viewer with plans to build out a portfolio of apps in 2012.
MEMS Will Set the World on Fire
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) were in focus at the Seventh Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, with the news that the US has a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing in nano- and, to some extent, microtechnology.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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