PTC Primes Mathcad for Collaboration
CAD/CAM Corner 3/30/2012 4 comments In the Prime 2.0 release of its all-purpose engineering calculation tool, PTC has added features enhancing the ability to collaborate and integrate technical calculations into engineering workflows.
Slideshow: 3D Printers Make Prototypes Pop
CAD/CAM Corner 3/23/2012 30 comments 3D printers are advancing on both the high and low ends of the spectrum, introducing new materials choices, color options, and price points that make the technology far more accessible to mainstream users.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
Engineering Materials 3/23/2012 17 comments Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
Understanding Overload Failures
Guest Blogs 3/23/2012 17 comments Avoiding overload failures is a matter of understanding the forces that act on a part and the properties of the material from which it is made. Things break, but they don't necessarily have to.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
Engineering Materials 3/16/2012 14 comments A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
Slideshow: Design Apps for the Mobile Engineer
CAD/CAM Corner 3/15/2012 29 comments There is a growing variety of mobile design tool apps available, providing engineers with on-the-go access to everything from 3D viewing and markup capabilities, to specialized utilities and technical calculators.
Apple’s Siri Springs to Life in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 3/8/2012 14 comments Shapeways’ contest to visualize Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant in the iPhone 4S, shows just how comfortable the general public is getting with 3D printing technology.
Case of the Skewed Chips
Sherlock Ohms 3/6/2012 13 comments The automation was working within specs for chip placement, but it wasn't working as well as it should. A step-by-step look revealed the flaw.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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