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Content posted in December 2013
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Slideshow: 3D Printing Shifts to End-Production Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
12/31/2013  14 comments
EOS is taking steps to establish additive manufacturing as an efficient process in industrial production. The shift comes as interest grows in several vertical industries to integrate AM technologies and processes into existing manufacturing flows.
Bad Solder Stopped Bosch Dishwasher
Made by Monkeys 
12/31/2013  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Smart Home Systems Are on the Rise
Blog 
12/31/2013  29 comments
Berg Insight places a sudden surge of acceptance in home automation in the coming years, which is set to rise to 2.3 million by the end of 2013.
Slideshow: Finnish High-End Steel Maker Comes to US
Engineering Materials 
12/30/2013  15 comments
Rautarukki Corp., a Finnish specialty steel maker known for its sustainable practices, has opened offices in Pittsburgh and Toronto. It will target its products toward transportation, heavy lifting, mining, and other industrial applications.
Sensitivity Training: Considerations for Measuring Very Low Pressures
Guest Blogs 
12/30/2013  4 comments
When it comes to capacitive tactile pressure sensing, the question often arises: How low can you go?
Wireless SD Card Connects Any Digital Camera to a Smart Device
Blog 
12/26/2013  74 comments
The Eye-Fi Mobi SD card links to smartphones, tablets, and PCs for easy transfer of photos and video.
My Opinion on Cloud Computing: It Takes You Back to the Future
Blog 
12/26/2013  29 comments
The cloud-computing era is here. You can either embrace it or wait for the next wave of technology.
H-Bridge: Black Box or Are Details Important?
Guest Blogs 
12/23/2013  23 comments
What goes on inside an H-bridge is critical to know for system performance.
GM Distributor Cap Sets Off Misfire Code
Sherlock Ohms 
12/23/2013  14 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.
Bottle Molding Gets a Makeover
Blog 
12/23/2013  10 comments
Queen's University in Northern Ireland has spent more than 20 years researching and experimenting with plastic bottle moldings. The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering School is the foundation for the Advanced Materials and Processing group, which has become the experts of the world on forming and creating new bottles.
Slideshow: Building a Better Human
Blog 
12/20/2013  20 comments
Prosthetic limbs and other artificial body parts have come a long way in the last 10 to 20 years, and many on the market and under development today can restore nearly the same functions as the human body parts they’re replacing, or even improve them.
Siemens Googles Into Ford Plants
Blog 
12/20/2013  18 comments
Siemens has developed software that allows Ford to view its plants in 3D software.
Spring-Free Trampoline Coming to a Backyard Near You
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/20/2013  20 comments
Dr. Keith Alexander and the University of Canterbury develop the world’s first spring-less trampoline using finite element analysis (FEA).
Slideshow: Engineering the NFL
Electronics News 
12/19/2013  40 comments
This holiday season, when you kick your feet up to watch football, remember this: There are engineers out there. Not just on college teams, but in the pros, as well.
ATX West: Major Manufacturing Show Comes to Anaheim in February
Blog 
12/19/2013  9 comments
ATX West will display manufacturing tech in Anaheim February 11 through 13.
Biodegradable Plastic Can't Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
12/19/2013  26 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Fuel Cells Inch Forward
Automotive News 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Hydrogen fuel cells aren’t positioned to solve the world’s energy needs, but they are enjoying a revival of sorts.
NASA Wants Back in the Space Game
Blog 
12/18/2013  33 comments
NASA's technology developments point to a hot desire to get back into human-based space travel.
Malware That’s Transmitted Through Sound
Blog 
12/18/2013  24 comments
The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication has created malware that is transmitted via a ACS sound modem.
Survey: Development Boards Reduce Need for Custom PCB Design
Guest Blogs 
12/18/2013  2 comments
A recent survey conducted by CadSoft found that engineers involved in PCB design are increasingly targeting a variety of applications, with some of the most popular including control systems, open hardware, and robotics.
Slideshow: Toyota Moves Closer to Fuel Cell Production Car
Automotive News 
12/17/2013  39 comments
The auto industry’s fuel cell mini-trend gained a bit more momentum recently, as Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a close approximation of the hydrogen-powered car it plans to market in 2015.
Gadgets That Fly, Take Fish-Eye Photos & Build Prototypes
Gadget Freak 
12/17/2013  15 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a variety of gadgets, including a remote-controlled helicopter that folds into its own controller, a 3D panoramic camera, and a personal 3D printer that sells at the (relatively) low cost of $1,300.
Eraser or Sledge Hammer? You Decide
Guest Blogs 
12/17/2013  15 comments
Conducting design research up front reduces your risk of problems occurring downstream. As you move through the R&D process, you can start investing more money more confidently.
The Pipe Sealant Was Not Compatible With Jet Fuel
Sherlock Ohms 
12/17/2013  21 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.
Gadget Freak of the Year: the Winner Is ...
Gadget Freak 
12/16/2013  24 comments
Andrew Morris has emerged victorious and has been named Design News's first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year. He's on to show off his gadget at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show in Anaheim in February.
Slideshow: 3D Printed ABS & Nylon 12 Get Stronger, Tougher
Engineering Materials 
12/16/2013  2 comments
Stratasys has introduced two 3D printing materials stronger than their predecessors: the second generation of digital ABS for Objet Connex multimaterial 3D printers and FDM Nylon 12, which is designed for the company's Fortus 3D Production Systems.
3 Ways Tactile Sensing Can Drive Improvements in the Auto Industry
Guest Blogs 
12/16/2013  4 comments
Explore three real-world applications that demonstrate how capacitive tactile sensor technology can accelerate advances in automotive testing and safety.
This Lube Job Takes a Contortionist
Made by Monkeys 
12/16/2013  45 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Honda Plans Fuel Cell Vehicle for 2015
Automotive News 
12/13/2013  32 comments
Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 
12/13/2013  3 comments
A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
Microsoft's $100M Xbox One Controller
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/13/2013  5 comments
Microsoft says it spent more than $100 million in the research and development of its new Xbox One controller. Was it worth it?
Video: Are Drone-Powered Power Plants Coming to Your Airspace?
Blog 
12/13/2013  26 comments
UK-based New Wave Energy wants to deploy a network of drones at a high altitude --- 50,000 feet -- to harvest solar and wind energy and help end dependency on the traditional power grid.
Arburg Unveils Freeform 3D Printer
Blog 
12/13/2013  1 comment
Arburg's new 3D printer, called the Freeformer, melts granulates together, in a process identical to that of injection molding.
Slideshow: Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai to Hit Showrooms in February
Automotive News 
12/12/2013  37 comments
Hyundai Motor Co. has launched production of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered crossover vehicle, with the intent of building and leasing 1,000 of them by the end of 2015.
GE's Cold Spray Process Repairs Worn Parts
Blog 
12/12/2013  11 comments
GE is working on a new 3D printing method, known as cold spray, in which metal powders are sprayed from a nozzle at extremely high velocities on metal objects.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Guest Blogs 
12/12/2013  2 comments
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
NASA Readies Robonaut for Planetary Environments
Blog 
12/12/2013  12 comments
NASA's Robonauts are being developed for inter-planetary travel, and to take over for astronauts when the work becomes too dirty or dangerous.
Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2013  1 comment
New materials handling guidelines from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health give recommended engineering controls for nanoscale materials, which just keep proliferating.
Slideshow: Supermarket Baxter Robot Learns to Check Your Eggs
Blog 
12/11/2013  30 comments
An industrial robot known for its safety around humans has been programmed to work a checkout lane and choose how it accomplishes certain tasks.
Motion Control Gets Efficiency Boost
Blog 
12/11/2013  19 comments
Trends in motion control all converge toward greater efficiency in movement, energy, control, and wiring.
Regular Checks Lead to Consistent Safety
Guest Blogs 
12/11/2013  13 comments
In the oil and gas industry, it’s paramount that one pays attention to the accuracy of his level and temperature instrumentation, particularly within processing plants.
Goldie Fishwater & the Internet-Connected Aquarium
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/10/2013  17 comments
Contributing editor Cabe Atwell developed a Raspberry Pi and Arduino-based remote network fish tank control for his goldfish, Goldie Fishwater.
Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
Blog 
12/10/2013  34 comments
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
NASA Test Launches Planetary Vehicle
Blog 
12/10/2013  13 comments
NASA is developing Project Morpheus, a vehicle that can lift off and set itself down on planetary surfaces.
Slideshow: Nissan's BladeGlider EV Aims for Efficiency, Performance
Automotive News 
12/9/2013  25 comments
Nissan Motor Co. is taking the electric vehicle into new territory, rolling out an exotic-looking three-seat concept car that combines sustainability with race car-like performance.
Engineering the Future With 3D Software
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/9/2013  3 comments
3D visualization is helping us express information in a way that’s more informative and easier to decipher.
Slideshow: Design & 3D Print Custom Metal Implants
Engineering Materials 
12/9/2013  8 comments
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
Google Me a Robot
Blog 
12/9/2013  26 comments
Google is developing robots for manufacturing, assembly, and warehouse tasks.
Gadget Freak Case #249: The Heatilator Helper
Gadget Freak 
12/6/2013  35 comments
When Dick Neubert discovered that his fireplace's heatilators lost heat when not in use, he created a gadget to rectify the situation.
Hackers Love Windows XP
Blog 
12/6/2013  45 comments
Microsoft will quit supporting – and patching – Windows XP in April. This may be a cruel development for plants.
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