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Content posted in October 2013
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Slideshow: Robots Tackle Surprising Tasks
Blog 
10/31/2013  23 comments
Robots from LEGO, Panasonic, Murata, Segway, and Toyota are among a fleet that is working to make the lives of soldiers, the elderly, and even autistic children better.
Video: 3D Printing Gets Spooky
Blog 
10/31/2013  1 comment
Happy Halloween! Here's a scary way to use a 3D printer.
Control Switch Saves Shelf Lighting
Sherlock Ohms 
10/31/2013  41 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.
Single-Piece Aluminum Tank Hull Will Resist IEDs
Engineering Materials 
10/31/2013  7 comments
The US Army Research Lab and Alcoa Defense are developing a single-piece forged aluminum tank hull designed to protect soldiers and ground combat vehicles from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
AMD’s Video Card Is Tops for Gaming & Great for CAD
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/31/2013  2 comments
The video card wars are heating up once again between NVIDIA and AMD, with no signs of slowing anytime soon.
Slideshow: Advances in Smart Shopping
Blog 
10/30/2013  23 comments
The integration of sensors and QR codes are playing a big part in the new wave of smart shopping solutions.
Decaying Rubber Has Whistle Effect
Made by Monkeys 
10/30/2013  33 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Young Girls Excel in STEM
STEM Connection 
10/30/2013  24 comments
Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  38 comments
You don’t have to be an engineer to have an opinion about engineering. We offer insight from the minds of Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and James Cameron, among many others.
Toyota's Unintended Acceleration Woes Are Likely to Drag On
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  35 comments
Toyota's recent loss in an unintended acceleration case should make one thing clear to observers: This is only the beginning.
Engineers Reinvent Metal 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
10/29/2013  15 comments
Engineers are reinventing 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM). The latest idea, from father/son-startup Vader Systems, uses liquid metal jet printing (LMJP) to make solid metal, full-production parts.
The Cabinet Just Needed to Vent
Sherlock Ohms 
10/29/2013  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.
The RoHS Initiative Had a Big Effect on Product Quality
Guest Blogs 
10/29/2013  17 comments
When RoHS hit the manufacturing sector, big OEMs had to scramble with lead-free experiments to stay ahead of the competition. This had a monumental impact on a connector that now faced a redesign of virtually every connector in its portfolios.
2 More Innovative Uses of Plastics
Blog 
10/29/2013  2 comments
Cope Plastics and Vycom were the two finalists in the IAPD Design Challenge.
Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
10/28/2013  35 comments
Daimler’s recent introduction of a doorless, open-roof electric car might have startled some, but in the wild world of concept cars it’s far from daring.
Reader Vote Round 5: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/28/2013  5 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Enter the Scary Door... If You Dare!
Blog 
10/28/2013  10 comments
As Halloween draws near, haunted attractions employ the latest technology -- pneumatic actuators and IR sensors -- to up the fear factor.
3 Ways to Prevent Electric Arc Flash Blasts
Guest Blogs 
10/28/2013  9 comments
The only way to keep away from an arc flash injury is to ensure that workers are properly trained, wear safe gear, and performa necessary preventative maintenance.
The Difference Is Ultra-Small
Blog 
10/28/2013  Post a comment
Torex Semiconductor recently introduced its XC8107/XC8108 series of power switches, which offer an 85-mΩ on resistance. They are suited for USB 2.0 and 3.0 applications, as well as power line distribution applications.
Is Wireless EV Charging the Better Way?
Captain Hybrid 
10/25/2013  110 comments
Wireless EV chargers, designed by HEVO Power, have hit NYC streets. Park over one, and your electric vehicle could reach a near-full charge in about an hour.
Slideshow: Optimizing the Design of Cars & Planes
Engineering Materials 
10/25/2013  15 comments
Sophisticated optimization software turns out to be a secret weapon behind aerospace and automotive companies' ability to successfully incorporate new materials like carbon composites into their designs. It's also behind several other innovations in aerospace and automotive design.
Golden Mousetraps? What's That?
Blog 
10/25/2013  9 comments
The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" Find out here.
Don’t Put Compressed Air in the Floor
Made by Monkeys 
10/25/2013  10 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Packaging Robots Become Superhuman
Blog 
10/24/2013  23 comments
ABB, Yaskawa, and Cognex were just some of the companies that had innovative packaging robots (think Rethink Robotics' Baxter) on display during PackExpo, held in Las Vegas last month.
LulzBot Crowd Funds Its Next 3D Printer
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/24/2013  8 comments
LulzBot's TAZ 3D printer is being crowd funded through fundable.com and has already well exceeded its $100,000 goal, with six days left to go.
Valveless Hydraulics Cuts Fuel Consumption in Construction Vehicles
Blog 
10/24/2013  21 comments
Technology developed at Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering hinges on the ability to eliminate the valves typically used to direct the flow of hydraulic fluid in steering systems.
Cycling the Capacitors Faulted Frequency Drive
Sherlock Ohms 
10/24/2013  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.
Slideshow: Chevy to Roll Out CNG-Capable Impala
Captain Hybrid 
10/23/2013  26 comments
Chevrolet plans to rolls out a bi-fuel version of its Impala next summer. It will join Honda’s Civic Natural Gas Car as the industry’s only factory-built CNG sedans.
What Made the Mustang Squeak?
Sherlock Ohms 
10/23/2013  34 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.
Students' Plastic Prosthetic Claims Top Prize in IAPD Design Contest
Blog 
10/23/2013  7 comments
UMass Lowell student engineers are working to develop an inexpensive plastic prosthetic arm for children in third-world countries. The team recently won the IAPD Plastics Application Design Competition.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Hydraulic Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/22/2013  36 comments
The hydraulic hybrid may not be grabbing headlines, but it’s a solid fuel-efficient technology with a potential future in heavy-duty vehicles.
Stir's Smart Desk Revolutionizes Office Furniture
Blog 
10/22/2013  25 comments
The Stir Kinetic Desk allows workers to go from sitting to standing with the tap of a touchscreen.
How to Be a 'Doctor of Engineering' Without Going to Grad School
Guest Blogs 
10/22/2013  21 comments
The process of differential diagnosis, as practiced by physicians, provides a framework for thinking about problem solving in many contexts, of which engineering is just one.
Siemens Previews SPS IPC Drives Show
Blog 
10/22/2013  1 comment
The SPS IPC Drives 2013 show, an important event for new products and services in the world of automation and motion control, will be held in Nuremburg, Germany, late in November.
Can Hydraulic Hybrids Compete With Electric Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
10/21/2013  25 comments
Hydraulic hybrids could play a role in heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years, and may even find application in next-generation cars.
Pneumatic-Based Trash Disposal System Eyed in NYC
Blog 
10/21/2013  26 comments
Researchers in New York City are studying the idea of creating a pneumatic-tube-based trash disposal system, similar to the way Legos work, that will transport waste out of the city through a system of tubes.
Gadget Freak Case #247: Back to the Manual Mill
Gadget Freak 
10/18/2013  35 comments
Our teenage gadget master John Duffy has created a manual mill you can make in your home shop.
Tactile Pressure Sensors Can Enhance Google Glass
Guest Blogs 
10/18/2013  10 comments
Google Glass puts a world of relevant, user-centric data literally right in front of your eyes. A tactile pressure sensor-equipped version could tap into the quantified self and health-tracking trends by allowing for real-time biometric monitoring.
Video: Robotic Cubes Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2013  26 comments
MIT researchers have developed self-assembling, flywheel-driven modular cube robots that roll around each other and across a surface. They also appear to jump through the air.
Rising Engineering Stars: We Want You!
Blog 
10/18/2013  14 comments
Help us recognize engineers (a.k.a rising engineering stars) who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Slideshow: Cadillac's Plug-In ELR Will Sell for $75K
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2013  32 comments
Almost five years since its introduction as a concept car at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is finally slated to hit the streets at a starting price of $75,995.
Bud Industries' Board-Ganizer Dev Kit Keeps Wires in Check
Blog 
10/17/2013  6 comments
Bud Industries' Board-Ganizer multi-development board enclosure kit allows users to layout and assemble up to three PCBs/SBCs and shields along with a single breadboard.
A Broken Gauge Could Blow Up a Plant
Blog 
10/17/2013  28 comments
Broken gauges have become a threat to plants, and up to 25 percent of plant gauges are failing, according to gauge producer Wika.
Update: Racing in Bridgestone's 2013 Solar World Challenge
Guest Blogs 
10/17/2013  8 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced it through the Australian Outback during the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Growing Need for Optimization, Simulation in Design Process
Blog 
10/17/2013  25 comments
The growing need for simulation and optimization in product design was a major theme at Altair's 2013 Americas Technology Conference. Optimization can improve the product concept and lead to new product designs, as well as improve design and manufacturing processes.
GM Chooses Micro- Over Mild-Hybrid in New Malibu
Captain Hybrid 
10/16/2013  8 comments
In a move that highlights the rise of micro-hybrid technology in next-generation vehicles, General Motors has chosen to stick with start-stop technology on its 2014 Chevy Malibu, while discarding a more costly mild hybrid system.
The Pre-Cat Blew Up My MR2 Spyder
Made by Monkeys 
10/16/2013  41 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Researchers Use Engineered DNA to Develop Programmable Glue
Engineering Materials 
10/16/2013  6 comments
Researchers have used engineered DNA to develop a programmable glue that can be used with a variety of materials to create self-assembling, small-scale systems, such as surgical glue that stitches together selected tissues, reconfigurable computer chips, or lenses.
EV Battery Maker A123 to Focus on Micro-Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/15/2013  21 comments
A123 Systems LLC, which opened North America’s biggest electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in 2010, is retargeting its lithium-ion technology toward the fast-growing micro-hybrid market.
Muscle-Bound Bots Bench 80 Times Their Own Weight
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2013  34 comments
An electroactivated polymer (EAP) produces robotic muscles that lift 80 times their own weight, a new benchmark. They also store and convert energy that robots can use to operate themselves.
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