Petroski on Engineering: Made in Japan
Guest Blogs 11/30/2011 18 comments According to Duke University engineering professor Henry Petroski, Japan may not be a leader in prize-winning science, but it certainly is a force to be reckoned with in consumer products.
Ready to Be Chauffeured by Your Car?
Electronic News & Comment 11/21/2011 42 comments Engineers from General Motors say fully autonomous vehicles will be ready to hit the streets in 2020, and automakers will be able to offer the technology if consumers want it.
Slideshow: CAE Goes Mainstream
CAD/CAM Corner 11/17/2011 14 comments Computer-aided engineering (CAE) features such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) are no longer arcane tools just for highly trained specialists. They're becoming accessible to mainstream engineers via inclusion in mainstream CAD programs.
Siemens Steps Up Composites Game
CAD/CAM Corner 11/16/2011 7 comments Siemens snaps up Vistagy, a specialized composites design tool maker, as part of its industry strategy and as a step towards building a broader, end-to-end product development platform.
Gadget Freak Case #198: Build a Remote Fan Control
Gadget Freak 11/9/2011 11 comments Andy Morris has devised a propeller fan remote control that doesn’t require line-of-sight, which makes it easier to use in the dark. The gadget comes with off/on, three fan speeds, and multicolored LEDs to indicate the fan’s speed.
Industrial Distributors Face Integration Challenge
Blog 11/8/2011 9 comments Distributors in the industrial, automation, and mechanical engineering sectors are having to adapt to changing requirements among customers as engineers try to differentiate their designs through performance boosts, faster manufacturing cycles, and the need for easier maintenance.
Catapult Competition Chunks Old Punkins
CAD/CAM Corner 11/4/2011 5 comments For the 2011 Punkin' Chunkin' World Championship, Team ETHOS orchestrated a redesign of its catapult using SolidWorks CAD and CAE to optimize materials and improve performance.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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