Content posted in February 2012
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Petroski on Engineering: Armchair Design & Analysis
Guest Blogs 
2/2/2012  25 comments
The tray table that folds in half for stowage in the armrest of an airline seat is something admired for its design ingenuity, but long cursed for its operational opaqueness and flimsiness.
Design Flaw Rusts Rear Mounts
Made by Monkeys 
2/2/2012  37 comments
Catching rusted rear mounts on cars before they fail is difficult if the rust is hidden.
Should Robots Look Like People or Machines?
Wolfe's Den 
2/1/2012  46 comments
The unusually anthropomorphic automatons coming out of Japan raise this question. We asked participants in our Systems & Product Design Engineering and Automation & Control Engineering groups on LinkedIn what they think.
3D Printer Takes Paper-Based Approach
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/1/2012  29 comments
An Irish firm is offering a printer that employs ordinary paper to create 3D models, along with a novel pricing model that charges for print service plans, not hardware.
Dehumidifier Saved by Oil & a Syringe
Sherlock Ohms 
2/1/2012  46 comments
Sometimes all you need to fix a broken appliance is oil and a willingness to take things apart.
Circuits Without Wires
Guest Blogs 
2/1/2012  Post a comment
Understanding magnetic circuits illuminates electromechanical devices.
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