Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Blog 2/28/2013 24 comments Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 2/26/2013 34 comments There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
A More Natural Way to Learn
Guest Blogs 2/26/2013 11 comments With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
AC-DC Power Supplies Are Shrinking
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013 20 comments Power-supply design trends are clear and dramatic. For the AC-DC supplies, these changes are due to multiple factors combining to yield these more-compact designs. Some of the factors are obvious, but others are not.
Floodlights in the Spotlight
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013 19 comments Floodlights provide the bright conditions necessary for nocturnal leisure or industrial activities and can increase security. However, with some lights powered for up to 10 hours a day, electricity and maintenance costs can really add up.
MD&M Show Highlights New Technologies
Electronics News 2/20/2013 4 comments From sensors to electronics to additive manufacturing systems, the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim demonstrated thousands of new and existing products.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 2/18/2013 31 comments It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
The European Pump Market, Post Financial Crisis
Guest Blogs 2/12/2013 3 comments What’s the trend that will shape the pump market in Europe’s building services industry in the future? The answer lies in the incorporation of more electronic features in pumps, leading to greater connectivity and integration into the overall system.
Onshoring: A Trend in Automation?
Blog 2/11/2013 22 comments With automation, companies are able to bring manufacturing back to the US, respond to changing market demands quicker, protect Intellectual Property, and have total quality control.
Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
Engineering Materials 2/8/2013 36 comments A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
Guest Blogs 2/7/2013 8 comments When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the object’s presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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