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Content posted in February 2013
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Prospective Engineers Get a 'Good Feeling'
Electronic News & Comment 
2/28/2013  24 comments
A music video set to Flo Rida, extolling the virtues of engineering salaries, comes from the most unlikely of sources.
Motion Control is Key to OSU's Futuristic Electric Car
Blog 
2/28/2013  11 comments
Urban EV is half the size of your average passenger car, corners like itís on rails, and is capable of being folded to fit into a parking spot.
MathWorks Expands Functionality, Making Development Easier
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/28/2013  2 comments
MathWorks has released an update to its MATLAB, Stateflow, and Simulink platforms to try to lessen the gap between apps and computer coding.
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Blog 
2/28/2013  23 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.
Slideshow: Fisker Says 'Plug-In Hybrids Make More Sense Than Pure Electrics'
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2013  26 comments
The worldwide auto industry is taking the wrong path to environmental friendliness, Fisker Automotive co-founder Henrik Fisker told an audience at the recent Chicago Auto Show.
Rock Always Wins in Lawnmower Battle
Made by Monkeys 
2/27/2013  42 comments
Hitting a rock with your lawnmower shouldn't destroy the mower -- that is, unless it is built by monkeys.
Video: Researchers Use Spray-Coating Technique to Develop Cheaper Solar Cells
Blog 
2/27/2013  5 comments
Researchers in the UK have come up with a way to fabricate solar cells that involves a process similar to spray painting and lowers the price of manufacturing the cells, potentially making them more accessible.
New Approaches to High-Efficiency Current Sensing
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2013  4 comments
Integrated Hall sensor ICs save power and space.
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.
Startup Devises Liquid Metal Batteries for the Electricity Grid
Blog 
2/26/2013  28 comments
The founders of Boston-area startup Ambri have invented new liquid-based heavy-duty battery technology they hope will be the foundation of the next-generation electricity grid in which alternative energy will play a key role.
SoCs Target Motor Control
Blog 
2/26/2013  2 comments
Freescale, TI, and STMicroelectronics offer SoCs that bring together a lot of features to address particular application areas.
Slideshow: Diesels, Turbochargers Power Chicago Auto Show
Blog 
2/25/2013  20 comments
Coming less than a month after the auto industry's biggest exhibition in Detroit, the recent Chicago Auto Show featured a distinct flavor all its own.
Electronic Learning Toys Can Help Educate the World
Blog 
2/25/2013  22 comments
Lego-like toys from littleBits Electronics that snap together with magnets try to teach everyone about electronic design.
USC Researchers Invent Longer-Lasting Lithium-Ion Battery
Blog 
2/25/2013  23 comments
Researchers at the University of Southern California have come up with a new design for lithium-ion batteries that can hold more energy and recharge within a mere 10 minutes.
New Class of Mobile Industrial Robots
Blog 
2/25/2013  17 comments
A new category of mobile robots uses a localization and navigation engine to enable self-driving operation in indoor plant and warehousing environments.
Slideshow: Chevy Cruze Diesel Is About the Torque
Captain Hybrid 
2/22/2013  36 comments
After a long drought, an American-made compact car, the Chevy Cruze, will finally offer a diesel engine later this year.
Free Compiler in the Cloud
Blog 
2/22/2013  9 comments
Arrow and Freescale have partnered in the cloud so you can more easily design a product for the "Internet of Things."
Running Robots off the Cuff
Sherlock Ohms 
2/22/2013  16 comments
When they order the wrong robot and you have to keep the line running, it's time to find a hack solution.
Report: Plastics Associations Make Progress on Ocean Cleanup
Engineering Materials 
2/22/2013  26 comments
58 plastics associations report the progress they've made on the Global Declaration of the Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter.
Gadget Freak Case #233: Inline Clock With Incandescent Display
Gadget Freak 
2/21/2013  22 comments
David Christianson's inline clock has an electromechanical incandescent display based on an array of tiny projectors that share a ground glass rear projection plane.
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.
The Saturnís Failing Plastic Window Parts
Made by Monkeys 
2/21/2013  40 comments
When the plastic part that lifts the window in your Saturn breaks, get plenty of replacement parts. You'll need them.
MD&M Show Highlights New Technologies
Electronic News & Comment 
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.
The Subcontractor Zapped the Network
Sherlock Ohms 
2/20/2013  25 comments
While we were off on holiday, a subcontractor completely discombobulated the electrical network.
Saving Energy: Best-Practices & System View
Blog 
2/20/2013  11 comments
Looking at the options for saving electrical energy in US factories, industry experts say itís important not only to look at a number of different technologies but also to adopt a new mindset.
Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
Blog 
2/19/2013  29 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.
Medical Device Vulnerabilities: What to Protect & How to Protect It
Guest Blogs 
2/19/2013  16 comments
Safety is important, and new technologies can enhance the patient experience.
Sensor Performance Key to Process Improvement
Guest Blogs 
2/19/2013  4 comments
Eddy current, noncontact displacement sensors are very different from the common inductive proximity sensor and can provide submicron resolution in harsh environments.
Polyurethane Composite Toughens Up Seawalls
Engineering Materials 
2/19/2013  10 comments
A pure polyurethane glass fiber composite designed for seawalls is tougher and stronger than standard glass fiber composite materials.
Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala
Blog 
2/18/2013  6 comments
See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.
Restaurant in China Employs Robotic Wait Staff & Chefs
Blog 
2/18/2013  59 comments
The Harbin Haohai Robot Company in China has developed a robotic restaurant staff and opened a restaurant that uses them to cook, greet clients, and wait tables.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
Guest Blogs 
2/18/2013  31 comments
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the worldís 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.
Video: Augmented Reality for Mechanical Design
Guest Blogs 
2/18/2013  7 comments
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that we're exposed to much more than we realize -- from NFL broadcasts to the Lego store.
Lulzbot AO-101 3D Printer Ready to Use out of the Box
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/18/2013  13 comments
Turnkey Lulzbot AO-101 3D printer comes with everything needed to get up and running immediately.
Futurist: 3D Printing Will Pave the Way for a New Era of Manufacturing
Electronic News & Comment 
2/14/2013  25 comments
Future manufacturing will be shaped by the consumer's desire for individually tailored products that can be created quickly and on the spot, a futurist told an audience of engineers at this week's Medical Design & Manufacturing West Show.
Electronic Innovation Will Drive Medical Design
Electronic News & Comment 
2/13/2013  18 comments
Most of us are only vaguely aware of it, but there's a mini revolution taking place in the medical device industry that's going to change the way we monitor our health in the coming decade.
Report: Farm, War Machines Rule Professional Service Robot World
Blog 
2/13/2013  20 comments
The International Federation of Robotics expects more than 90,000 professional service robots to be sold from 2012 to 2015.
Ceramics Moving Into Jet Engines
Blog 
2/13/2013  5 comments
GE Aircraft Engines is moving heavily into composite materials for its jet engines.
Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2013  20 comments
What may be the biggest build volume in additive manufacturing, at least for metal parts, is being done by Sciaky Inc. by combining an electron beam welding gun with wirefeed additive layering. It can make parts as large as 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft.
The European Pump Market, Post Financial Crisis
Guest Blogs 
2/12/2013  3 comments
Whatís the trend that will shape the pump market in Europeís 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.
Slideshow: The Role of Embedded Platforms in Next-Gen Designs
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  4 comments
It's important to match the right hardware with the right software and tools.
Check Contact Resistance to Diagnose Relay Problems
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  10 comments
Even the best relays can fail at some point, but what causes them to fail?
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.
Auto Execs: Plug-In Hybrids Will Soar, Pure EVs Decline
Captain Hybrid 
2/8/2013  33 comments
Automotive executives foresee a big future for plug-in hybrids over the next five years but are less bullish on the future of pure EVs, a new study from KMPG International says.
French Designer Uses 3D Printer to Create Humanoid Robot
Blog 
2/8/2013  17 comments
Through his InMoov project, French artist and designer Gael Langevin is working on a humanoid robot that can be printed with a 3D printer then assembled at home.
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.
Korean Researchers Invent Bendable Battery
Blog 
2/7/2013  41 comments
Korean researchers have developed what they are claiming is the world's first bendable lithium-ion battery, an invention that could pave the way for more flexible mobile and electronic devices.
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
Guest Blogs 
2/7/2013  8 comments
When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the objectís presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
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