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Content posted in January 2013
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Beeping Oven Called for a Debugging
Sherlock Ohms 
1/31/2013  39 comments
Removing the front panel of the control unit from a beeping oven taught this owner what debugging was really about.
Big-Data Gets Bigger
Blog 
1/31/2013  8 comments
As the machine-to-machine (M2M) revolution gets underway, there are some interesting developments in the technology that makes it possible and cost effective.
Hybrid Snake Robotic Probe Reduces Need for Invasive Surgery
Blog 
1/31/2013  8 comments
The Robotically Steerable Thermal Ablation Probe reduces the need for invasive surgery while also saving time and money.
Workstations Get a Facelift
Sponsored Blogs 
1/30/2013  5 comments
Workstations are high-performance computers that are used for the most intensive computing tasks, such as creative design and engineering, computer modeling and analysis, and animation.
Slideshow: Cadillac ELR Trades Efficiency for Power
Captain Hybrid 
1/30/2013  21 comments
The new Cadillac ELR will offer more power and torque than its cousin, the Chevy Volt, but it may have to trade some efficiency to get it.
aPriori’s Management Software Platform Selected for DARPA’s Development Initiative
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/30/2013  Post a comment
The Geometric Cost Driver-based software from aPriori is about to fuel a DARPA and Pennsylvania State University partnership in the Adaptive Vehicle Make initiative.
Healthcare You Can Wear
Blog 
1/30/2013  29 comments
Vancive Medical Technologies helps partners personalize prevention and wellness with wearable sensors to help doctors, caregivers, and lifestyle managers monitor their health and fitness.
Drop Your Phone in the Sink – We Dare You
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2013  50 comments
What if you could actually drop your smartphone or tablet PC into the sink by accident, or into your plate of spaghetti sauce, and no harm would be done?
The Impact of Coding Over 30 Years
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/29/2013  21 comments
Over the past 30 years or so, coding has transformed the world -- from how it is built to the final software package. AutoCAD, C++, WordPerfect, and the Intel 8008 were introduced in 1982 and have shaped modern technology ever since.
Researchers Teach Robots Deception by Mimicking Squirrels
Blog 
1/29/2013  22 comments
Squirrels aren't exactly the first thing that come to mind when you think about withholding the truth, but researchers have used the bushy-tailed creatures to teach robots to do exactly that.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: Electronics & Automotive Finalists!
Blog 
1/28/2013  11 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Electronics & Test and Automotive categories of our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
CADFusion Built Around Motion Control
Blog 
1/28/2013  16 comments
Aerotech's CADFusion is a cost-effective option for those who want to create complicated G-code programs from their drawings.
Update on 100-Percent Non-Food Jet Biofuel
Engineering Materials 
1/28/2013  29 comments
The 100-percent non-food biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications used in the historic Canadian test flight reduced emissions by 50 percent.
3DExperience Platform Enables Innovation & e-Bee EV
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/25/2013  7 comments
The 3DExperience PLM software helps manage the e-Bee EV project from start to finish. Sogeti High Tech hopes more will join the product lifecycle management train.
3D-Printed Clothing Hits the Paris Runway
Blog 
1/25/2013  22 comments
Stratasys Ltd. and Materialise have printed 3D clothing pieces that were worn on the catwalk during the Iris van Herpen's haute couture show, "Voltage," at Paris Fashion Week.
The Maytag Repairman Is Plenty Busy Now
Made by Monkeys 
1/25/2013  70 comments
Maytag/Whirlpool appliances caused one headache after another for this homeowner.
The ISO Journey Toward Quality
Guest Blogs 
1/25/2013  9 comments
One way that manufacturers can improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and shorten lead times is by implementing ISO 9001:2008.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: Materials & Assembly Finalists!
Blog 
1/24/2013  3 comments
After weeding through an impressive number of entries, and even more impressive products, Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Fraunhofer to Create Automation Process for Rotor Blade Production
Blog 
1/24/2013  7 comments
Fraunhofer Institute has embarked on a research project to find a way to leverage automation to cut more than 10 percent of the costs out of the current process.
Energy-Aware Industrial Devices
Blog 
1/24/2013  7 comments
The energy-aware industrial devices being introduced to the marketplace will help manufacturers and OEMs reduce energy costs as much as 20-30 percent.
3D Printing for the Home
Blog 
1/24/2013  14 comments
Mcor and Up 3D USA are just two companies making great advancements in the world of 3D printing. Both are at SolidWorks World 2013 in Orlando this week.
Legal Questions Arise as Cloud Computing Gains Traction
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/23/2013  25 comments
The use of cloud computing is on the rise within the legal profession, but the threat of security risks are causing hesitation for some. The cloud may not be as secure as some believe.
Strap Grounds Field Failures
Sherlock Ohms 
1/23/2013  14 comments
When a customer changed the design on one of his products, another part of the design failed. It was time to call Sherlock.
Repair Robot Will Do On-Site CNC Machining
Blog 
1/23/2013  13 comments
A European consortium is working on a repair and maintenance robot system for on-site CNC machining in dangerous or hard-to-access environments.
Slideshow: Tesla's Model X Blends Electricity & Function
Captain Hybrid 
1/22/2013  28 comments
Tesla Motors will blend the qualities of a sport utility vehicle and a minivan in an all-electric car that's targeted to hit the streets in 2014.
Flexible Tablet Prototype Is Electronic Paper
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2013  35 comments
The PaperTab splits a tablet's windows into separate sheets of user-editable electronic paper that store a lot of data and communicate with one another.
Virtual Support Engineer
Blog 
1/22/2013  18 comments
The high cost of sending an engineer or skilled technician onsite to solve machinery problems is putting the focus on new ways to achieve higher levels of remote access support.
Anagear's Low-Power Circuits Harvest & Save Energy
Blog 
1/22/2013  15 comments
A Dutch company aims to change the way low-power electronics are designed by creating a separate component for power management to reduce the need for battery power in wireless sensor networks and other applications.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: Design Hardware & Software Finalists
Blog 
1/21/2013  17 comments
After weeding through an impressive number of entries and even more impressive products, Design News presents the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Award finalists in the Design Tools: Hardware & Software category.
Implantable Cartilage Created With Hybrid 3D Printer
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/21/2013  19 comments
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine used a hybrid 3D printer to fabricate implantable cartilage on the heels of printing a working kidney.
Slideshow: Top Technologies of 2013
Blog 
1/18/2013  12 comments
It's a new year, and our sister publication, EE Times, has made a list of the overhyped/underexposed electronics technologies that are going to make a splash in the next 12 months. Do you agree?
3D Printers Give New Life to Old Recordings
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/18/2013  24 comments
As 3D printers increase in popularity, more and more people are using them to bring their unique projects to life.
Condition Monitoring Moving Broader Adoption
Blog 
1/18/2013  10 comments
One of the primary conclusions of the Design News Machine Controller Reader Survey from October 2012 is that there is an opportunity to unify different and new machine functions on a single controller.
Quick Reference: Tooling Tolerances
Guest Blogs 
1/18/2013  8 comments
Depending on the complexity of your part and your needs, several tooling options are available. Work closely with your industrial printer supplier to find a solution that meets your needs in the most cost-effective manner available.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Control Finalists!
Blog 
1/17/2013  5 comments
After weeding through an impressive number of entries, and even more impressive products, Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Metal Replacement Gains Velocity in Automotive
Guest Blogs 
1/17/2013  12 comments
Polymers are making a stronger showing in automotive, thanks to materials development, CAFE standards, and growing design expertise.
Are Telepresence Robots Becoming the Norm for Companies With Work-at-Home Employees?
Blog 
1/17/2013  30 comments
Use of telepresence robots going to work for employees is expected to expand in 2013. Suitable Technologies RPD, VGo telepresence robot, and Nasa's Robonaut 2 show that remote presence is a possibility already proven.
DuPont Recruits 500 Farmers for Non-Food Biofuel Project
Engineering Materials 
1/17/2013  42 comments
One of the first, and biggest commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world is targeted for completion next year by DuPont, which will make cellulosic ethanol from corn stalks and leaves.
McDonald's Trucks Log 800,000 Miles on Recycled Cooking Oil
Engineering Materials 
1/16/2013  19 comments
McDonald's delivery trucks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have logged more than 800,000 miles on 100-percent, unblended biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil used in the chain's restaurants.
Minimizing Friction in Pneumatic Cylinders
Guest Blogs 
1/16/2013  7 comments
Manufacturers are looking for solutions that reduce friction, lower energy consumption, and decrease noise in pneumatic cylinders applications.
Computer Shuts Down Unless You're Wearing Leather
Sherlock Ohms 
1/16/2013  14 comments
Synthetic-soled shoes and a pair of nylons prevented computers in a San Diego hospital from functioning properly.
CES Slideshow: The Next Big (or Little) Things
Blog 
1/15/2013  14 comments
At CES, we found a sample of both small and big things on the show floor that might alter the consumer electronics landscape in 2013.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Right Connector
Guest Blogs 
1/15/2013  8 comments
Follow these 10 steps to ensure you are choosing the right connector for your project.
Ethernet-Enabled Multi-Point Gauging
Blog 
1/15/2013  6 comments
Measurement devices are being designed into production machines to enable operators to rapidly adapt processes based on measurement results.
Correction Technique Adds 'Warmth' to Dimmable LED Light
Electronic News & Comment 
1/15/2013  26 comments
Engineers at NXP Semiconductors say they've found a way to take the "coldness" out of white LED light.
Slideshow: Gadgets Galore at CES
Blog 
1/14/2013  12 comments
The Consumer Electronics Show curtain raiser, CES Unveiled, offered a glimpse at consumer market trends and how small and midsized companies are leveraging emerging technologies to create variations on current products.
EV Battery Market Could Hinge on Plug-In Hybrid Success
Captain Hybrid 
1/14/2013  8 comments
Growing demand for plug-in hybrids could mean good news for electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers over the next eight years, possibly enabling them to avert a battery oversupply, a new study says.
Have You Designed a Cool Gadget Recently?
Blog 
1/14/2013  11 comments
If you have created an interesting and useful gadget, the editors at Design News want to know about it.
Swarming Hedgehog Robots to Explore Space
Blog 
1/14/2013  20 comments
A robot swarm has been developed by Stanford University as a mothership-sphere system to explore planetary moons and asteroids.
Slideshow: Meet 13 More Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/11/2013  6 comments
Here are 13 more innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
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